Pathology Handbook

Leptospira antibodies

Test Includes

Detection of IgG and/or IgM antibodies to Leptospira species, dependent on the clinical information given

Clinical Indications

Suspected leptospirosis

Request Form 

Request via ICE


On request during normal working hours; reference laboratory (Hereford)

Specific Criteria

Please give detailed clinical information including date of onset/contact with the suspected infection

Turnaround Time

7-10 days


Serum, red or gold top (SST) tube


7 ml


Vacutainer red top


Samples should be transported to laboratory immediately

Lab Handling

Aliquot and store at 4ºC; store second aliquot at -40 ºC for 3 months. Send to the Reference Laboratory (Hereford) as soon as possible 

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequately labelled sample 
Insufficient clinical information given