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ID:591 Bacillus cereus culture
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DescriptionBacillus cereus toxin is responsible for approximately 2-5% of food poisoning episodes. 8-16 hours after ingestion of the toxin symptoms of diarrhoea, gastrointestinal pain, nausea and vomiting occur. The symptoms are self-limiting. All food items can be contaminated. Bacillus cereus is ubiquitously present in soil and produces spores which enable it to survive extreme environmental conditions. Diarrhoeal faecal samples or samples taken shortly after the clearance of symptoms can be cultured for Bacillus cereus.
Additional Info Please note that we do not culture food samples. Please discuss sampling requirements for formal food samples with the PHE Food and Water Laboratory.
Concurrent Testsna
Dietary Requirementsna
Interpretation Positive isolates are referred to the reference laboratory for detection of emetic toxin gene by PCR

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Collection Conditions
Min. Vol 2g

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Ref. Range Notes
Units - Not Defined -
IP Acute TAT5 days
IP Routine TAT5 days
GP Acute TAT5 days
GP Routine TAT5 days
Turnround CommentNegative results may be available considerably earlier than stated turnaround time.

Originally edited by : Dr. H. Schuster. Review due on 28/02/2018 10:38:21. Published By K Roberts on 28/02/2017 10:38:21.