The ODH Public Health Laboratory (ODHL) assists local public health jurisdictions, clinics, hospitals and other state agencies in the diagnosis of diseases and surveillance activities. The laboratory is staffed by highly qualified and trained microbiologists, who have bachelor, master and Ph.D. degrees. All procedures are regularly evaluated for accuracy, precision, turnaround time, cost effectiveness and applicability to public health. The ODHL participates in appropriate proficiency testing programs as mandated by CLIA ’88.
The role of ODHL can be summarized below:
- Assists hospitals, local public health jurisdictions, physicians, and clinics in disease diagnosis
- Serves as a microbiological reference laboratory for the State of Ohio
- Tests animals for presence of rabies virus
- Tests environmental specimens for agents of bioterrorism
- Provides microbiological analysis of clinical specimens in support of epidemiological investigations
- Provides bacteriological food testing in the event of a food-borne outbreak
Assistance is available for submission of isolates or clinical specimens to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for public health related testing not available at ODHL. Please contact ODHL Microbiology Customer Service for more information at (888) ODH-LABS.