Molecular Surveillance

Foodborne Surveillance

The Molecular Surveillance Unit's main function is to perform testing services as part of PulseNet (The National Molecular Subtyping Network for Foodborne Disease Surveillance) for foodborne disease pathogens.  The Unit performs both PFGE and WGS.  Routine surveillance is performed on all Salmonella serotypes, all Shigella species, Shiga-toxin positive Escherichia coli and Listeria monocytogenes.  Other organisms such as Campylobacter jejuni are tested as needed for outbreak and cluster investigations.  Results from this testing is provided to our epidemiology partners for investigational purposes.


Mosquito Pool Surveillance

OLS performs seasonal surveillance for select Arboviruses in mosquito pools collected throughout the state.  This program is in conjunction with the Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and the State Entomologist.  Mosquitoes are pooled according to genus and location and tested using an RT-PCR method.  Data from this project is available from DIDE.  You can access their website HERE

Contact Information

Phone: 304-558-3530 extension 2602
Fax: 304-558-6210