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The Clinical Microbiology section tests clinical sources for the presence of infectious disease. Testing includes culture identification and antimicrobial susceptibility of pathogenic bacteria. Other testing performed includes outbreak surveillance of foodborne pathogens and Bioterrorism testing. The section performs typing of Salmonella species, Shigella species and STEC by Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) 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.
The Sexually Transmitted Infections section tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Trichomonas (sexually transmitted diseases, or STD's) and additionally 2019 SARS Coronavirus using amplified molecular identification methods. The section also tests for HIV, Syphilis and Hepatitis C. More Information about Sexually Transmitted Infections.
The Molecular Virology section provides testing for viruses of public health significance such as Rabies, Norovirus, West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), Influenza and other respiratory viruses. The section also provides molecular detection of vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) such as Bordetella pertussis, foodborne disease agents, and potential bioterrorism agents. More information about Molecular Virology.
Sequencing and Bioinformatics
Several different genetic analysis platforms have been acquired to perform an array of laboratory tests to assist in identification of outbreaks including foodborne diseases. The Sequencing and Bioinformatics section, through the utilization of whole genome sequencing, detects potential pathogens by monitoring bacterial and viral outbreaks in Delaware. Through the sequencing data generated by this surveillance, epidemiologists perform contact tracing on a national level as well as assess community spread in essential congregate settings, like schools, colleges, and hospitals. More information about Sequencing: Genomic Surveillance & Bioinformatics
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