Minimum one throat swab
Preferred: two throat swabs
Specimen should be a swab of the posterior pharynx and tonsilar area, including any visible exudates in these areas. Avoid antibiotic administration prior to sample collection.
Specimens should be transported to the lab at room temperature within 2 hours of collection or Refrigerated.
3 days refrigerated
Copan white cap with Amies preferred, one swab for gram stain, one swab for cultur
7 days a week