Stool: No Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, Yersinia, Aeromonas, Plesiomonas, Vibrio species, E. coli O157:H7, or Edwardsiella tarda (NSSCYAPVEE) isolated – Shipped May 2015
A simulated stool collected from a 42 year old female patient returning from Spain was sent to category A and B laboratories. Participants were expected to report the absence of specific enteric pathogens in the stool sample.
MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from M151-3
- When clinicians send stool cultures it is usually to determine if an enteric pathogen is present that might account for a patient’s symptoms. It is therefore important to indicate if enteric pathogens are present or not.
- Stool cultures are directed to detect specific pathogens and the menu of organisms that are routinely included varies, as a result of epidemiological or other considerations, and so it is important to indicate which organisms have been sought.