Hair, skin and nails should be submitted in a sterile, leak-proof container without preservatives.
Respiratory secretions, tissues, fluids, or feces should be submitted in a sterile, leak-proof container without preservatives. Tissue specimens may require a small amount of sterile, non-bacteriostatic saline to prevent drying.
Swab specimens are acceptable but are discouraged as they are not optimal for fungal culture, and their use may result in reduced recovery of fungi. However, if yeasts are the primary consideration, an ESwab, or a swab in other Amies transport medium is acceptable.
See eSwab collection video for more information.
Blood or Bone Marrow: See Blood Culture, Fungal.
3 weeks: Hair, skin, nails
4 weeks: All other sources - Cultures read twice weekly