TB Identification/Confirmation, Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Complex Identification/Confirmation
For referred cultured isolate from other laboratories: Fresh pure culture of isolate on slant in a sealed, screw-capped plastic tube.
Please contact CTBL (6576 7655/7656) before sending the isolate. The tube should be tightly closed, labeled with identifying lab number and placed in a biohazard-labelled ziplock bag. Pack, transport and notify CTBL (in advance) and MOH of the transfer, according to MOH-BATA requirements. The request form (stating name and address of referring laboratory, source of mycobacterial isolate, patient particulars with relevant clinical information, clinician in-charge and requester's contact number) is to be placed in separate sealed plastic bag outside the ziplock bag. The type of test should be specified as Identification/Confirmation of MTB. For overseas labs, the packaging must conform to IATA standards and a valid MOH-approved Import Permit must be obtained before shipping.
DNA probe or line-probe assays
M. tuberculosis complex or nontuberculous mycobacteria
3-4 working days
Monday - Friday
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