Typically all days
When appropriate, specimens are processed using a standard digestion/decontamination procedure. An acid fast smear is performed from the processed specimen using a florescent auramine stain. Specimens are cultured on three solid and one liquid media then incubated for 6 weeks. Molecular testing is performed for Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex isolates to differentiate M. tuberculosis, M. africanum, M. bovis and M. bovis BCG.
Infectious Disease Laboratory, Mycobacteriology
specimen, animal, Vet, VETCX, elephant, MTBC, Mycobacterium tuberculosis culture
Smear and culture: Reference method, no special licensing required
Identification of AFB: NY State waiver is required (for human specimens; not required for veterinary samples).
Negative for acid fast bacilli