Meningitis is often caused by Haemophilus influenzae (Type B). Results from bacterial antigen testing should be considered presumptive and culture with gram stain must also be performed.
Reported (Analytical Time)
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Specimen Requirements: 2 mL (0.5 mL minimum) serum or 2 mL (1 mL minimum) CSF collected in a sterile plastic leak-proof container Specimen Stability: Room temperature: Unacceptable Transport Temperature: Frozen Reject Criteria: Hemolysis; lipemia; urine specimens; other body fluids; blood culture broth Methodology: Latex Agglutination