Streptococcus pneumoniae (NPHBK)  

IMPORTANT! Pre-approval needed from state or local health department. Local or State Health Department. Send approval to or call (402) 559-9444.

NPHL has moved to an electronic ordering system, NUlirt, and it is now the preferred method to order all tests. Once ordered, print a "batch list" (see NUlirt Guide).

Forms Required - Nulirt batch list or NPHL Test Request Form (completed in entirety) must accompany the specimen to include the following information: symptoms and date of onset, pregnancy status, travel and vaccine history. Testing will not be performed without all required information.

Please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (800) 334-0459 for further clarification.


Test: Streptococcus pneumoniae
  • No approval needed
  • NUlirt order: NPHLBK
  • Strep pneumo, S. pneumoniae
  • Banking and whole genome sequencing
  • Monday - Friday
  • Turnaround time: 1 - 7 days
  • Pure isolates from sterile sites only
Collection Device:
  • Slant or plate
  • Test subject to CLIA regulations and requires 2 patient identifiers on container and requisition forms
  • Leaking specimens
  • Mixed isolates
Specimen Stability:
  • Stable at ambient air 15-25 °C
Reference Interval:  
Reportable Disease:  
  • Test results are to be used for epidemiological and infection control purposes only
Revised: 4/25/2024 
If you have questions about proper specimen collection, please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (800) 334-0459.