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Infectious Disease Sections



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Clinical Microbiology
The Clinical Microbiology section tests cultures from clinical sources for the presence of infectious disease. Testing includes identification and antimicrobial susceptibility of pathogenic bacteria. Other testing performed includes outbreak surveillance of Salmonella species, Shigella species, Shiga-toxin producing E.coli (STEC), Vibrio, and Listeria species. The section performs the typing of Salmonella species, Shigella species and STEC by Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) for epidemiologic investigation. Tuberculosis (mycobacteriology) testing is performed for recovery, identification and drug susceptibility testing of acid fast bacilli (AFB). More information about Clinical Microbiology.


Molecular Virology
The Molecular Virology section provides testing for viruses of public health significance such as Rabies, Norovirus, West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), Influenza and other respiratory viruses. The section also provides molecular detection of Bordetella pertussis, foodborne disease agents, and potential bioterrorism agents. More information about Molecular Virology.


Sexually Transmitted Infections
The Sexually Transmitted Infections section tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Trichomonas (sexually transmitted diseases, or STD's) using amplified molecular identification methods. The section also tests for HIV, Syphilis and Hepatitis C. More Information about Sexually Transmitted Infections.


Testing Information:


Please contact the Public Health Laboratory for more information about any of these tests. Laboratory Hours.


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