About The Bureau of
Public Health Laboratories
The Bureau of
Public Health Laboratories has five primary service goals:
Supporting county health departments, other Department of Health program components, physicians, hospitals, etc., by providing public health diagnostic and reference laboratory services as set forth primarily by the Department of Health Program Office. This includes traditional clinical services, e.g., sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, rabies, parasitology, etc.
Providing laboratory screening of all newborns in the state for several hereditary diseases which, without detection and early treatment, would lead to death or severe mental disabilities.
Monitoring water, food, and air by microbiological and chemical analyses, and assessing such things as water potability, food poisoning, formaldehyde and other noxious fumes for health hazards to the public.
Certifying laboratories for microbiological and chemical testing of water by application reviews, performance evaluations and on-site inspections.
Responding quickly to public health emergencies by providing analytical information as soon as possible for assessing problems and taking remedial action.
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