Fresh tissue - affected muscle or liver preferred
Aseptically obtain specimen
This test is not for Clostridium perfringens.
Organisms included in this exam are:
C. chauvoei (Blackleg)
C. novyii (Gas gangrene, black disease, red water disease)
C. septicum (Gas gangrene, malignant edema)
C. sordellii (Wound or liver infections)
A preliminary stain (Seller's or Gram-Stain) will be performed to determine the presence of typical rods prior to performing the FA test. If no rods are seen, the FA exam will not be performed and the preliminary stain will be charged only.