Reference/ Specialized



Confirmatory testing services are available to the local medical community. These include procedures for syphilis, HIV, bacterial identification, and susceptibility testing. The Public Health Laboratory acts as the official channel in referring infectious disease organisms to the State Department of Health Services Laboratory and to the Centers for Disease Control Laboratory. Fees are charged for certain services. Please contact the Public Health Laboratory for specific information.
Consultation Services:
Consultation and technical training for department staff and the local medical community is provided in many areas. Some include:  proper specimen collection technique for microbiological testing, safety procedures, quality assurance, interpretation of results and epidemiological investigations. Technical training and laboratory management training for private medical laboratories through teleconference programs in cooperation with the State Department of Health Services is also provided.
Consultation services are provided at no charge. Technical training is generally provided at little or no charge.