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  • Molecular Laboratory:
  • Serology Laboratory:
The Molecular laboratory performs Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) of food borne and some nosocomial bacterial pathogens.

Sequences obtained by WGS are used for differentiating outbreak strains from non-case related strains, for confirming source contamination and tracing transmission links.
As a participating laboratory in "The National Molecular Subtyping Network for Food borne Disease Surveillance", known by its shorter name as PULSENET, we have access to WGS data from participating Public Health Laboratories across the country.

PULSENET sites, using WGS, have identified outbreaks that otherwise would not have been recognized by conventional epidemiological investigations.
Additionally, the Molecular laboratory performs testing for organisms involved in Hospital Associated Infections (HAI)
Serology is the science dealing with the serum component of blood in regards to its reactions and properties.
The Department of Health Serology laboratory is a high volume laboratory dedicated to performing diagnostic tests of public health importance. The following STI tests are done: Hepatitis A, B and C (including HCV RNA NAT), Syphilis RPR/EIA confirmatory and TP-PA if needed; and Amplified Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. Other tests performed are Rubella Screen and QFT Plus for latent TB infection.