Typically all days
Samples are treated with a detergent then filtered through a bacteriological membrane. Samples are cultured on three solid media then incubated for 6 weeks. Mycobacteria or partially acid fast organisms are identified to the full extent possible, such as to the species or subspecies level (see AFB4 for further details).
Infectious Disease Laboratory, Mycobacteriology
Environmental, Water sample
Culture: Reference method, no special licensing required
Identification of AFB: NY State waiver is required.
Negative for acid fast bacilli.
This is a test algorithm. When it is ordered, sample processing is performed. If an organism is recovered, a reflex identification test will be ordered. The identification method used will depend on the organism.