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Communicable Disease Testing

Staff

General Microbiology

Robert Vega
robert.vega@state.or.us
503-693-4100

Virology/Immunology

Christianne Biggs, MS
christianne.biggs@state.or.us
503-693-4100

About Us

Communicable Disease Testing provides essential screening, diagnostic and reference testing in general microbiology and virology/immunology.

The General Microbiology laboratory provides essential screening, diagnostic and reference testing for rabies, bacterial and parasitic diseases to support outbreak investigations and public health surveillance. Molecular sub-typing of some bacterial pathogens is also performed.

The Virology/Immunology laboratory provides essential testing for diseases of public health importance caused by viruses and other microorganisms.

Please refer to the Lab Test Menu for the list of tests performed at the Laboratory.

Communicable Disease Testing is part of the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory in the Center for Public Health Practice.

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Services
  • Testing for tuberculosis, rabies, food-borne diseases (eg, botulism and other food poisoning), plague, diphtheria, whooping cough, gonorrhea, salmonellosis, shigellosis, E. coli O157, other diarrheal diseases, giardiasis, amoebic dysentery, cryptosporidosis and other intestinal parasitic diseases.
  • Conducting bacteriologic monitoring of surface, waste and drinking water to support local health department programs and other state agencies.
  • Compiling testing data for applied research and disease monitoring.
  • Providing technical assistance and consultation to clinical laboratories, local health departments and other agencies.
  • Providing testing to support public health programs and activities undertaken by local health departments and other agencies.
Testing provides:
  • Timely and accurate detection and control of infectious diseases caused by hepatitis viruses; HIV; influenza and other respiratory viruses; polio and other enteroviruses; syphilis treponemes; chlamydia; rickettsiae; hantaviruses; and the spirochete that causes Lyme disease.
  • Compiled laboratory data for use in disease monitoring, control and epidemiological studies.
  • Expert assistance and consultation to medical care providers and public health program staff.
  • Support of public health programs and activities undertaken by local health departments and other state agencies.
  • Strain and other types of testing information to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for use in formulating vaccine strategies.

Specimens for particular agents and conditions are forwarded to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for analysis.

What We Do

Contact Us

Phone:503-693-4100
FAX:503-693-5604

Address

Communicable Disease Testing
3150 NW 229th Avenue, Suite 100
Hillsboro, OR  97124-6536
Mailing Address:
PO Box 275
Portland, OR 97207-0275

Hours of Operation

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Mon-Fri