Microbiology

Our mission is to provide quality public health microbiological services for our providers and to support public health activities in control and prevention of communicable diseases.  Agencies served include County Health departments, private physicians, hospitals including VA medical centers, and private laboratories.


Bacteriology

The Bacteriology Unit of the Microbiology Section performs both diagnostic and surveillance services.  Laboratories submit isolates for confirmation and additional characterization such as serotyping and serogrouping.  The Unit also performs primary identification of enteric pathogens from stool.


Molecular Diagnostics
The Molecular Diagnostics Unit of the Microbiology Section functions to perform advanced molecular testing for Influenza, Norovirus, and other respiratory and gastrointestinal pathogens.  This unit also performs MIA testing for select Arboviruses.


Molecular Surveillance
The primary function of the Molecular Surveillance Unit of the Microbiology Section is to provide surveillance testing services of foodborne diseases such as Salmonella species and Escherichia coli.  The Unit utilizes pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and whole genome sequencing methods.  In addition, this Unit also performs surveillance for select Arboviruses in mosquito pools.


Parasitology
The Parasitology Unit of the Microbiology Section performs traditional ova and parasite microscopic examination on stool collected in 10% formalin.  Trichrome staining is no longer performed.


Rabies
The Rabies Unit of the Microbiology Section performs fluorescent antibody testing of animal brain tissue for the presence of the Rabies virus. 


Tuberculosis (AFB) and other Mycobacteria
The Mycobacteriology (TB) Unit assists physicians, health department clinics, and hospitals in the detection, isolation, identification, and drug susceptibility testing of organisms that cause tuberculosis and other diseases.

Susceptibility Testing

The OLS Microbiology Section performs susceptibility testing as part of the CDC's Antibacterial Resistance Laboratory Network known as ARLN.  This network of state and local public health labs supports nationwide lab capacity to rapidly detect antibiotic resistance and inform local responses to prevent spread and protect people.


Referral Testing
While the Office of Laboratory Services makes every attempt to offer our clients the most complete menu of test services, there are some tests that are not in high enough demand for it to be feasible for us to implement.  In these cases, we offer testing referral services.  You can find the complete list of other testing available HERE.

NOTE: Before shipping, submitters must contact the Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology (DIDE) for consultation and approval.  Call 304-558-5358 and ask for the epidemiologist on call.

 

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