The Public Health England reference laboratory for brucellosis is located within LCL.

  1. BLOOD CULTURES (Bacteriology) - please contact the laboratory before taking these. Any relevant travel history must be documented on the request form.
  2. SEROLOGICAL diagnosis - 5ml clotted blood (Virology).

An initial panel of serological tests (Brucellacapt, ELISA and microagglutination) is performed. A confirmatory Brucella PCR is performed on specimens that have significant serological reactivity (this does not need to be specifically requested).


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