The Special Bacteriology lab serves primarily as a reference laboratory for bacteria that are unusual or difficult to identify. This laboratory examines a variety of microorganisms including the following: Bordetella, Legionella, and gram positive cocci.
Specimens are accepted from public and private health care providers; however, cultures from animal or environmental sources must be associated with human illness. Anaerobic culture and antimicrobial susceptibility testing are not performed in this laboratory.
Services available in the Special Bacteriology lab include:
Consultation and limited bench training are provided upon request.
Unless there is an outbreak situation, these isolates are no longer routinely accepted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To obtain prior approval for testing, contact the CDC Streptococcus Laboratory (404-639-1237). The CDC specimen submission form, CDC 50.34, is available from our forms page.
Isolates should be sent to the NCSLPH for minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs); resistant organisms will be sent to the CDC for final confirmation.
VISA and VRSA are reportable diseases to CDC and the North Carolina Division of Public Health, Epidemiology Section, Communicable Disease Branch at 919-733-3419. (Note: Subculture and save a copy of the isolate in-house).