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Microbiology Reference Group

This Group provides testing support to local, state and federal agencies including the Virginia Department of Health, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Federal Bureau of Investigation, local and state Law Enforcement agencies and private and public laboratories throughout the Commonwealth.  Laboratory testing services in this group are provided in the areas of Bacteriology, Mycology and Mycobacteriology.  Human and environmental specimens are tested as part of routine and emergency investigations involving emerging infectious disease, contaminated food and water supplies, autopsy and suspicious death investigations, and illegal use of biological agents. A combination of advanced, innovative, and conventional methods are used to identify and serotype unusual aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, yeast, and molds isolated from clinical and environmental specimens. Molecular and DNA fingerprinting techniques are routinely used to rapidly identify and characterize microorganisms and assist in identifying possible sources of disease. Antibiotic resistance patterns are determined to confirm treatment protocols and detect emerging resistant microorganisms. The Microbiology Reference group works closely with Virginia’s Tuberculosis Control and Prevention Program and area laboratories throughout the Commonwealth to confirm the causative agent for each new tuberculosis case and provide 1st and 2nd line drug sensitivity testing for these cases. The Microbiology Reference Group maintains a "state-of-the-art" laboratory and highly trained staff that are capable of rapidly responding to threats of terrorism.


TB Control
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Virginia Reportable Disease List


BACTERIAL ISOLATION: Agar plates showing individual colonies of bacteria

Micro Plate Reading

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