Molecular Diagnostics


Arbovirus is defined as viruses that are maintained in nature and are transmitted between susceptible vertebrate hosts by blood-feeding arthropods such as mosquitoes.  The laboratory's role in Arboviruses is the diagnosis and surveillance of LaCrosse Encephalitis (LAC), St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE), West Nile Virus (WNV), and Zika virus. The laboratory performs testing on human specimens and mosquito pools.  Specimens received from horses are referred to an outside reference laboratory.
For more information, visit our Arbovirus page HERE.


Influenza (also known as “flu”) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.  OLS utilizes an FDA-approved assay from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to detect Influenza in clinical specimens.  This assay is designed to detect new and emerging strains.  Testing is for surveillance purposes only.
For more information, visit our Influenza page HERE.


OLS performs real-time RT-PCR for the detection of Norovirus Genotypes I and II.  Testing is for outbreak purposes only.
For more information, visit our Norovirus page HERE.

Contact Information

Phone: 304-558-3530 extension 2403
Fax: 304-558-6210