Shigella species

TEST NAME Shigella species
DISEASE/DISORDER Diarrheal disease, shigellosis
ALTERNATE NAME(S) Enteric pathogens, stool culture, aerobic bacterial stool culture, Shigella stool culture
  • 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
  • Stool:

- C&S Culture Transport Media (i.e. 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

  • Isolate

- Pure cultures

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 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 conditions and submitted within 2 weeks of isolation.
Specimen Transport
  • Stool: Ship stool specimens at 2-30°C with cold packs. If possible, maintain at 2-8°C.
  • Isolates: Ship isolates in ambient 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 adhere to all specimen requirements will be rejected.
Testing Location
  • Nashville

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