STREPTOCOCCAL SEROTYPING

Streptococcus species isolated by other laboratories and implicated in disease processes other than strep throat can be serogrouped.  Serogrouping may be useful, epidemiologically, to relate cases in an outbreak situation.

 

TYPE OF TEST
Agglutination.
SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS
Growth should be apparent before submission to the laboratory.  A pure culture is required.
SHIPPING REQUIREMENTS
Ship according to regulations for infectious substances.  Complete and enclose WPHL test request form.
DAYS TEST PERFORMED
Daily, Monday – Friday.
RESULTS AVAILABLE
Upon completion of identification.
REPORTING & INTERPRETATION
Beta hemolytic isolates will be serotyped against groups A, B, C, F, and G and reported only by serogroup.  Some of the more common species and their relationship to the serogroups are listed below:
Group A  - S. pyogenes
Group B  - S. agalacticae
Group C  - S. equi, S. zooepidemicus
Group F  - S. anginosus
Group G  - S. canis
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

 

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