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 Microbiology Section no longer performs this testing in-house.  Specimens received from horses are referred to an outside reference laboratory.
For more information, visit our Arbovirus page HERE.

Influenza and other Respiratory Pathogens

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.
The Office of Laboratory Services also performs PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2, RSV, Adenovirus, and other respiratory pathogens using PCR methods.

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Norovirus and other Gastrointestinal Pathogens

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

Contact Information

Phone: 304-558-3530 extension 58868
Fax: 304-558-6210