Test Directory

Leptospira serology and PCR

Containers - Adult

Brown Cap, Gel Clotted
Volume Range

​4.9 mls

Containers - Child

White Cap - Paediatric
Volume Range

​1 - 2 mls

Laboratory Site

51 Little France Crescent
Old Dalkeith Road
EH16 4SA
Telephone (Bacteriology): 0131 242 6021 OOH Bleep 2900
RIPL (Rare Imported Pathogens Laboratory
Public Health England
Manor Farm Road
Porton Down
Telephone: 01980 612 348

Transport arrangements

​Transport as soon as is practicable.

Sample storage arrangements

​Store at 4-6oC

Special instructions for collection

Please supply date of onset of symptoms.
If sample is within 7 days of onset Leptospira PCR can be requested on the same sample used for Serology.
Leptospira PCR can also be requested on a urine in a white top universal up to 21 days after onset of symptoms. The urine sample must be accompanied by a clotted blood sample or it will not be tested.
EDTA blood is not required for Leptospira PCR

How to request

​This is a test processed by Virology please check 'Referred Tests Not Listed' in the Test Directory; this has a list of the requirements.

Anticipated turnaround

​PCR - 5 working days

ELISA - 7 working days

Microscopic Agglutination Test (MAT) - 12 working days

What happens if the result is positive or abnormal

​A report will be issued. The result may be telephoned or e-mailed if clinically appropriate.

General additional information

For further information please refer to the RIPL Manual.