Yersinia species (other than Y. pestis)

TEST NAME Yersinia species (other than Y. pestis)
DISEASE/DISORDER Diarrheal disease
ALTERNATE NAME(S) Enteric pathogens, stool culture, aerobic bacterial stool culture, Yersinia stool culture, Yersinia
  • Contact CEDEP if foodborne outbreak is suspected.
  • This test is not for Yersinia pestis, please contact the Bioterrorism laboratory if suspected.
ORDERING INFORMATION TDH DLS Requisition Form: 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 Requisition Form. 
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 

-Isolates should be stored at ambient conditions and submitted within 2 weeks of isolation

Specimen Transport
  • Stool: 

-Ship stool specimens in appropriate transport media 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 Material 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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