In the Mycobacterial laboratory, the main activities include:

  • Primary isolation service including microscopy and culture;
  • Rapid molecular test (MTB/RIF GeneXpert) service for the detection of M. tuberculosis complex and rifampicin (and multidrug) resistance for respiratory specimen (7:00 to 22:00, 7/7days);
  • Molecular test targeting the IS 6110 for the detection of M. tuberculosis complex in non-respiratory specimen as well as direct rifampicin (rpoB gene) and isoniazid (katG and inhA genes) resistance;
  • PCR and sequencing based rapid identification of mycobacterium sp isolates;
  • Drug susceptibility testing for first line drugs;
  • Fast delivery of the strain to the Swiss Reference Laboratory in Zürich if a second line drugs susceptibility test is needed.
 Last updated on 23/06/2018 at 22:54