Clinical testing

Public health microbiology laboratory
We test types of microorganisms and diseases that have an impact on public health:
  • Diseases that are too rare or unusual to be identified by other laboratories.
  • Diseases that are common in populations traditionally unwilling to approach private medicine.
  • Characterization of microorganisms beyond what is normally required for patient management.
  • Agents that may be used in a bioterrorism event.

Lab results are reviewed by epidemiologists, infectious disease specialists, and other public health decision makers.

The laboratory serves as the State Reference Laboratory for antimicrobial awareness testing of communicable diseases. The lab supplies the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with isolates from infections with vaccine-preventable organisms. The laboratory maintains a close relationship with the CDC by participating in CDC-headed projects and by sending specimens to the CDC for confirmation testing when necessary.

Testing to detect the genetic material of bacteria and viruses.
Blood testing to detect diseases and blood-borne pathogens such as HIV, hepatitis B, rabies, plague, and west nile.