Campylobacter species

TEST NAME Campylobacter species
DISEASE/DISORDER Campylobacteriosis


  • Isolate or specimen submission REQUIRED
  • Contact CEDEP if foodborne outbreak is suspected. 
ORDERING INFORMATION TDH DLS Requisition:  PH-4182 Clinical Submission Requisition

Specimen Requirements

Patient Preparation
  • Medications:  Do not use barium or bismuth before collection of specimen"
Specimen Collection
  • Acceptable Specimen Sources/Type(s) for Submission

- Stool:

-  C & S Culture Transport Media (example: ParaPak)

-  Semisolid or liquid transport media (i.e. Cary Blair or Amies)

- Commercially available transport system specific for recovery of enteric pathogens from fecal specimens

-  Isolates:

-  Pure cultures in microaerophilic conditions

Specimen Labeling
  • Specimen must be labeled with at least two unique patient identifiers and match accompanying PH-4182 Clinical Submission Requisition
Specimen Processing
  • None
Specimen Storage and Preservation
  • Stool specimens in approved transport media should be stored at 2 - 30°C and arrive at the laboratory within 4 days of specimen collection.  If possible, refrigerate at 2 - 8°C.
  • Isolates should be stored at ambient temperatures in microaerophilic conditions and submitted within 2 weeks of isolation.
Specimen Transportation
  • Ship stool specimens in appropriate transport media at  2 - 30°C with cold packs. If possible maintain at  2 - 8°C.
  • Ship isolates at ambient temperature in microaerophilic conditions. 
  • All infectious substance shipments must conform to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR 49 C.F.R. Parts 171-180). 
Specimen Acceptability and Rejection
  • Specimens that do not meet all specimen requirements will be rejected. 
Testing Location
  • Nashville

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