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ID:561 Anthrax culture and PCR
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DescriptionBacillus anthrax culture is available in the region and PCR detection is available via the Special Pathogens Reference Unit at Porton Down. If you suspect a clinical case of anthrax please contact the laboratory for reasons of danger of infection. Sputum should be placed in a sputum sampling container. Please notify the health protection unit or CCDC of a clinical or confirmed case.
Additional Info From clinically or acutely illl patients, the following specimens may be sent: Blood cultures (pre-antibiotic), CSF, Tissues (in preference to swabs where possible), Respiratory samples (aspirates, sputum or pleural fluid), Fluid and Swab (Wound Swab accepted for culture only - not PCR). These samples are referred to Porton Down Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory (non CPA accredited)
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IP Acute TAT- Contact Laboratory
IP Routine TAT- Contact Laboratory
GP Acute TAT- Contact Laboratory
GP Routine TAT- Contact Laboratory
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Originally edited by : D Bennett. Last edited on 03/03/2018 11:45:10. Published By K Roberts on 03/03/2017 11:45:10.