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Service Update: Discontinuation of Tuberculosis Culture (Ontario Only)

Audience
Ontario Healthcare providers assessing patients for Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) infection.

Overview
Dynacare will no longer accept samples for mycobacterial culture effective November 29th, 2021. Those samples received up to November 29th will be incubated for up to seven weeks and reported by Dynacare. Samples submitted to Dynacare for MTB culture November 29th and onward will be forwarded to Public Health Ontario Laboratory (PHOL) for testing. All subsequent reports and communication pertaining to MTB culture sample submissions beyond this date will be issued directly from PHOL.

Samples submitted for routine bacterial sputum culture plus MTB culture will be processed at Dynacare for bacterial sputum culture only and an aliquot of the sample will be forwarded to PHOL for MTB culture.

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