Standard reference procedures for Legionella culture and identification
Positives reported as soon as detected. Final: Negative at 7 days.
Specimen Collection Details
Respiratory tract secretions. Also acceptable: aspirates, tissue, fluids, sputum, abscess material, pericardial fluid, or 7 mL blood in an isolator tube. Collect in a sterile container. Source of specimen is requested.
12 hours ambient, 48 hours refrigerated, or 7 days frozen.
Frozen on dry ice.
Urine, stool, wound, or other culture material from non-respiratory sites; dry specimen; non-sterile or leaking container; specimen in saline, formalin or VT medium.