Pathology Handbook

Leptospira culture


Weil's Disease

Test Includes

Culture for Leptospira

Clinical Indications


Request Form 

Request via ICE


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

Specific Criteria

Please give detailed clinical information including date of onset / contact with suspected infection
If microscopy for Leptospira is required a urine sample should also be collected (white top universal)

Patient Preparation

Blood cultures should be collected in the first five days following onset of symptoms, before starting antibiotics

Turnaround Time

Samples processed at Reference Laboratory (Hereford); results available 10-14 days after receipt of sample


Blood in culture bottles


5 - 10 ml per bottle


Blood culture bottles

Urine sample if required (see above)


Samples should be transported to the laboratory immediately

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequate sample
Use of wrong container (see above)
Delay in transport to laboratory

Lab Handling

Store at 300C or room temperature; send to Reference Laboratory (Hereford) as soon as possible