Legionella antigen in urine




  • This test is the best way to diagnose acute Legionella infection
  • It should be performed as early as possible after diagnosis of pneumonia
  • Legionella serum antibodies are rarely of diagnostic value, but may be useful in epidemiological investigations
  • Legionnaires' Disease is a notifiable disease.  Click for notification form.
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Sample requirements


A minimum of 1ml of urine in a

30ml sterile universal container

Bottles with boric acid preservative are acceptable

30 mL sterile Universal

Required information

  • Relevant clinical details
  • Please state whether community or hospital acquired pneumonia
  • Date of onset
  • Relationship to other clinical cases
  • Occupation and exposure history


Store at fridge temperature

Transport as soon as possible at ambient temperature

Turnaround time

Up to 2 days

Page last reviewed: 19/11/2013