Legionella Culture, Environmental [37357X]

Test Code

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen
250 mL water collected in a sterile leak-proof container

Minimum Volume
100 mL

Other Acceptable Specimens
Culture swab of environmental water-related surface in liquid Amies (red-cap) or gel Amies (blue-cap) transport medium

Transport Temperature
Refrigerated (cold packs)

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 48 hours
Refrigerated: 7 days
Frozen: Unacceptable


Setup Schedule
Set up: Daily a.m.; Report available: 15 days

Reference Range

Not isolated

Clinical Significance
Legionellae are found widespread in water sources, especially in warmer waters of plumbing systems and cooling towers. Infection often occurs through aerosol inhalation of contaminated water.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute
14225 Newbrook Drive
Chantilly, VA 20153

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