Bacteria in the genus Legionella primarily cause respiratory illness, i.e. either Legionnaire's disease, a systemic illness manifested primarily by pneumonia, or Pontiac fever, a nonpneumonic, influenza-like illness. Legionellae may also cause a variety of other illnesses.
Sputum: Instruct patient to gargle with water and cough deeply to
collect deep respiratory specimen in sterile container.
Aspirate: Place aspirate or washing into sterile container with
non-bacteriostatic, distilled water.
Tissue or Lung Biopsy: Add small amount of sterile,
non-bacteriostatic, distilled water to prevent drying, if necessary.
Do not use saline, as it might be inhibitory.
Reported (Analytical Time)
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Reject Criteria: Expired transport device; environmental sources, received in viral transport media Transport Temperature: Refrigerated