The Special Microbiology section of the public health laboratory includes four different areas:
Mycobacteriology provides direct microscopic examination, culture and drug susceptibility testing for the primary identification of Mycobacterium. State law requires clinical laboratories to submit isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to the public health laboratory for confirmation and drug susceptibility testing.
Molecular Testing provides faster, more accurate analysis of bacterial and viral samples. This area is constantly growing and adding testing to its menu, which includes: influenza, norovirus, Bordatella pertussis, group B streptococcus, herpes simplex virus, complete gastrointestinal and respiratory panels.
Environmental Food and Milk Microbiology isolates and identifies pathogens in food products. The public health laboratory works with Environmental Health Services and the Division of Disease Control to investigate food-borne illnesses.
Environmental Water Microbiology provides bacteriological analysis of recreational pool water. Total coliform, E. Coli and heterophle plate counts are performed on each sample collected.