Mission: To provide accurate and timely analytical data, information and consultation to protect and enhance the health of the people of Delaware.
Vision: To be recognized as a vital component of the public health team, providing a wide range of laboratory expertise and services using state of the art technologies.
Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA): The Delaware Public Health Laboratory is CLIA certified (# 08D0662985) and monitors and inspects laboratories throughout the State to ensure compliance with CLIA regulations. More information about CLIA Amendments.
- Clinical Microbiology
The Delaware Public Health Laboratory Clinical Microbiology section tests routine cultures from clinical sources for the presence of infectious disease. The section also tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Trichomonas (sexually transmitted diseases, or STD’s) using amplified molecular identification methods. Other testing performed includes antimicrobial susceptibility and serotyping of Salmonella species, Shigella species, Shiga-toxin producing E.coli (STEC), Vibrio cholerae, Listeria species, Haemophilus influenzae, and Neisseria meningitidis. The section performs the typing of Salmonella species, Shigella species and STEC by pulse field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) for epidemiologic investigation. Tuberculosis (mycobacteriology) testing is performed for recovery, identification and drug susceptibility testing of acid fast bacilli (AFB). More information about Clinical Microbiology.
- Molecular Virology
The Molecular Virology section provides testing for viruses of public health significance such as Rabies, West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), Influenza and other respiratory viruses, HIV, herpes, norovirus and enteroviruses. The section also provides molecular detection of Bordetella pertussis, foodborne disease agents, and potential bioterrorism agents. More information about Molecular Virology.
- Water Microbiology
The Water Microbiology lab tests drinking water for total coliforms, or E. coli , which are determined as indicators of pollution. More information about drinking water testing. The Water Microbiology lab also tests for antibiotics in raw milk.
- Newborn Screening
The Newborn Screening Program screens every infant born in Delaware for 38 different genetic and metabolic disorders. Testing for 40 disorders is performed at the Delaware Public Health Laboratory. Hearing screening and Pulse oximetry testing for Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) is performed by the birthing center. More information about Newborn Screening.
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