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    Laboratory Services Section
    MC 1947
    PO Box 149347 Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 W. 49th Street
    Austin, TX 78756-3199

    Phone: (512) 776-7318
    Fax: (512) 776-7294

    Phone Us Toll Free at:
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Laboratory Services Section - Viral Isolation


Important Notice

Information regarding chikungunya and dengue specimen submission

Chikungunya and dengue PCR is now available at the DSHS laboratory. Please see the Chikungunya and Dengue PCR and Serology Specimen Criteria for important specimen submission information. Note: Dengue serology testing is available at DSHS; however, chikungunya serology testing can only be performed at the CDC. Specimens with completed travel history and date of onset for chikungunya serology will be forwarded to CDC.

About Us

The Viral Isolation Team at the Texas Department of State Health Services identifies viruses in both patient and reference specimens submitted by physicians, hospitals, or other laboratories. Specimens may be submitted for diagnostic, reference, or surveillance testing. The laboratory receives approximately 2500 specimens annually from across the state of Texas for virus isolation studies. In addition, the laboratory serves as a referee laboratory for the New York State Virus Isolation Proficiency Program. 

Most specimens for virus isolation are tested by cell culture methods, including both standard tube culture and shell vial, where appropriate. In addition, specimens may be evaluated by electron microscopy for direct detection of viruses in the specimen. Molecular detection methods are also used for certain viruses. Identification methods include fluorescent antibody testing, PCR, hemagglutination inhibition, and electron microscopy.



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Contact Us

Crystal Van Cleave
Viral Isolation Team
(512) 776-7594
(888) 963-7111 ext. 7594 toll free

Laboratory Services Section, MC 1947
Department of State Health Services
PO Box 149347
Austin, TX  78714-9347

Last updated January 08, 2016