Mycobacteriology Unit:

  • Examines respiratory specimens and other appropriate specimens for the presence of Mycobacterium spp.
  • Provides isolation, identification and drug susceptibility laboratory services for departmental control programs.
  • Provides consultative services with other laboratories on the isolation, identification and drug susceptibility of all Mycobacterium spp.
  • Provides confirmation services to other laboratories.
  • Provides assistance in referring Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates for genotypic characterization using spoligotyping, mycobacterial interspersed repetitive unit (MIRU) analysis, and IS6110-based restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis.

Specimen Requirements:

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