Importance of the Microbiology Unit:
- Provides clinical and reference microbiological testing for public and private laboratories, as well as for associated partners.
- Provides culture and identification of microbial organisms that cause outbreaks of foodborne and other diarrheal diseases. Affected groups include daycare centers, church groups, State Fair goers and other citizens across the state.
- Performs testing to identify organisms causing diseases such as whooping cough (pertussis), legionellosis, gonorrhea, meningitis, and other communicable diseases, as well as difficult to identify Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria.
- Performs serotyping of Salmonella, Shigella, Shiga Toxin producing E. coli, Neisseria meningitides, Haemophilus influenza and Vibrio cholera.
- Conducts testing to prevent and/or control the spread of tuberculosis with attention focused on detection of multi-drug resistant strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
Overview of the Microbiology Unit
|Testing Areas||Description||2013 Totals|
|Special Bacteriology||Identification of several Vaccine-Preventable -Disease organisms such as Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough) and Legionella.||1,968|
|Bacteriology-Enterics||Examination of fecal specimens for the presence of enteric Pathogens including Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, Yersinia and Escherichia coli (E.coli); instrumental in State Fair and other outbreaks||3,321|
|Atypical Bacteriology||Identification of unusual or difficult to identify Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacilli and confirmation and serotyping of Neisseria, Haemophilus influenza and Vibrio.||1,615|
|Parasitology||Examination of specimens for the presence of human parasites; supports Refugee Program.||1,075|
|Mycology||Isolation and identification of medically important fungi from body tissues and fluids.||391|
|Mycobacteriology||Isolation and identification of mycobacteria, including Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex and non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM).||5,092|
To contact the Microbiology Unit of the NC State Laboratory, call (919) 733-7367.
Last Modified: September 11, 2014 1:36 PM