The Georgia Epidemiology and Prevention Branch reports suspected outbreak specimens to the Department of Health laboratory. The laboratory examines feces for epidemiologically implicated specimens for the presence of enteric bacterial pathogens. The isolates (STEC, Salmonella spp., Listeria spp., Campylobacter spp., and Shigella spp.) will be reflexed to Next Generation Sequencing for outbreak investigations and surveillance.
BioFire Gastrointestinal Panel Testing
Suspected Enteric Pathogens-Use the ParaPakTM stool culture outfit. Collect a stool specimen within 48 hours from the time symptoms begin, place in a leak-proof, non-crushable container and refrigerate immediately.
- The Bacteriology Laboratory must be advised by the Georgia Epidemiology and Prevention team of the forthcoming samples, the method of shipment, and the expected time of arrival.
- Feces for enteric pathogens be maintained at room temperature (15-30°C) during transit.
Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
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- Missing testing requisition
- Missing minimum of 2 patient identifiers
- Improper labeling
- Improper storage/transport of specimen
- No specimen received (empty collection tube).
- Wrong specimen type
- Specimens broken, damaged, or leaking upon arrival
2-4 business days
Turnaround times may be affected by the scale of the event.
82195-9 (Order code: 13900)