Stool specimen collected in enteric transport media (ETM) or a sterile, leak-proof OR rectal specimen collected via double swab culture set.
Specimens should be collected and transported to the lab as soon as possible to prevent leukocyte lysis in the sample and to ensure accurate test results.
1 mL of stool; 1 double swab culture set
0.5 mL of stool; 1 double swab culture set
Send to the lab immediately at room temperature
Unpreserved stool specimens must be received within 30min of collection; swab specimens stable up to 2hrs after collection; stool specimens in ETM may be received 72hrs after collection.
Specimens should not be refrigerated. Diapers containing stool are not acceptable specimens.