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.
Infectious Disease Laboratory, Mycobacteriology
AFB7, mycobacterial smear and culture
Reference method, no special licensing required
Negative for acid fast bacilli.
This is a test algorithm. When it is ordered, smear and culture are typically performed.