Leptospira antibodies




  • The test detects Leptospiral IgM antibodies
  • A rise in antibody titres may take up to 2 weeks following acute infection
  • Urine testing for Leptospirosis is no longer available
  • Acute Leptospirosis (within the first three days) can be diagnosed by nucleic acid detection assays (e.g. PCR) on an EDTA blood sample. Please discuss with the laboratory.

Sample requirements

Serum - paired samples normally required

8.5ml of blood taken into a plain gel tube 

8.5mL BD Vacutainer tube

Required information

  • Relevant clinical details
  • Date of onset
  • Date of possible exposure
  • Exposure history - occupation, leisure activities


Store at fridge temperature

Transport as soon as possible at ambient temperature

Turnaround time

Sent to a National Reference Centre

10 - 14 days

Page last reviewed: 15/07/2014