The Bacteriology and Enterics Unit performs the following:

  • Identifies bacteria referred from other agencies.
  • Serotypes SalmonellaShigellaNeisseria meningitidisHaemophilus influenzaeStreptococcus pneumoniae, and Escherichia coli.
  • Provides bacteriological laboratory support for the epidemiological investigation of suspected foodborne disease outbreaks.
  • Culture and identification of Neisseria gonorrhea (GC).
  • Perform culture identification and PCR testing for Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough).
  • Examines autopsy materials from the WV Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
  • Performs culturing of stool samples for the isolation and identification of enteric pathogens associated with foodborne diseases including SalmonellaShigellaCampylobacter jejuni, and Escherichia coli.  Other pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes and Staphylococcus aureus are available upon special request.
  • Refers unusual specimens to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

Refer to the Microbiology Specimen Collection page for complete instructions.

All specimens submitted to the Bacteriology or Enterics Unit for testing must be accompanied by a Microbiology Specimen Submission Test Request Form.

Forms and Instructions

Related Links

WV Epidemiology Guidelines and Protocols (DIDE)
Health Topics - CDC's guide to health topics.
PSDS for Microorganisms - Provides pathogen safety data sheets including safety information on a variety of microorganisms.

Contact Information

Phone: 304-558-3530 extension 20137
Fax: 304-558-6210