The Atypical Bacteriology lab serves primarily as a referral laboratory for bacteria that are unusual or difficult to identify, such as, Bacillus, Corynebacterium, Haemophilus, Neisseria, Pasteurella, Pseudomonas and similar organisms and “unclassified” bacteria.
Pure isolates are required for identification or serotyping and specimens are accepted from public and private health care providers. Cultures from animal or environmental sources must be associated with human illness. Anaerobic cultures and antimicrobial susceptibility testing are not performed in this laboratory
Services available in the Atypical Bacteriology lab include:
Please Note: The North Carolina Communicable Disease Control rules (10A NCAC 41A.0209) state that laboratories isolating Neisseria meningitidis and Haemophilus influenzae from a normally sterile site shall test the organism for specific serogroup or send the isolate to the State Public Health Laboratory for serogrouping.