Guidance for primary care on collecting a stool specimen for laboratory examination of infectious diarrhoea, for consultation and local adaptation.
This guidance describes:
- when and how to send a faecal specimen for laboratory examination
- how to interpret the laboratory report
- treatment following the report
- when to send a repeat specimen
The guidance was updated in July 2010 following the Griffin Report into the investigation of an outbreak of Escherichia coli O157.