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    PO Box 149347 Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 W. 49th Street
    Austin, TX 78756-3199

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Directory of DSHS Laboratory Tests and Specimen Requirements

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The DSHS Laboratory website contains a wealth of information about the types of testing the Laboratory offers and how to successfully collect and submit the required specimens. That information is categorized and presented in the links below.

If you don't find what you are looking for here, the Laboratory Search Page may help. 

Blue right arrow LabGuide Tutorials
Links to interactive tutorials on Submitting Rabies Specimens to the DSHS Laboratory, THSteps Fingerstick Blood Specimen Collection, THSteps Venipuncture Blood Specimen Collection, and Packaging and Shipment of Blood Tubes. The tutorials are also available in PDF format.  

Blue right arrow Arbovirus Field Surveillance Techniques
Mosquito specimen collection, handling and shipment.

Blue right arrow Bacteriology Collection, Transport and storage guidelines
Guidelines for bacteriological specimen collection and submission.

Blue right arrow Clinical Bacteriology Tests
Types of organisms tested, submission guidelines and test information.  

Blue right arrow Consumer Microbiology
Includes Frequently Asked Questions for water, milk, and food testing.

Blue right arrow Consumer Microbiology Forms and Available Tests
Testing methods for water, milk, and food; water test form.

Blue right arrow Consumer Microbiology Specimen Collection & Handling
Collection and handling information for water, milk, and food specimens.

Blue right arrow From the Manual of Reference Services:

Laboratory Tests for Diseases/Agents:

See also:

Blue right arrow Molecular and Serological Analysis Group Tests
This page lists the tests performed by the Diagnostic Serology Team. There are links to descriptions of the diseases, as well as links to descriptions of the assays used.

Blue right arrow Molecular Biology Tests
The Molecular Biology Team utilizes PCR-based procedures, PFGE, and serological techniques to identify a variety of human and animal pathogens. There is a link to a list of specimen types and descriptions of the methods used.

Blue right arrow Mycobacteriology Guidelines for Specimen Collection, Transport, Storage and Submission
Types of specimens tested; collection, transportation and storage guidelines from Mycobacteriology. 

Blue right arrow From the DSHS Newborn Screening Program:

Blue right arrow Rabies Testing
Rabies specimen delivery, submission, shipping and handling guidelines. Test turnaround time,  reporting and interpretation of results, emergency testing,  Link to Rabies Submission Form.

Blue right arrow Texas Health Steps specimen collection and handling
Suggestions and tips for the collection of whole blood specimens.

Blue right arrow Viral Testing
Testing methods; specimen selection, collection, transport and handling from the Viral Isolation Team.

Blue right arrow Viral Specimen Collection by Type of Specimen

Blue right arrow Viral Specimen Selection Based on Clinical Symptoms

Last updated June 12, 2013