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The Emergency Biological Hazard Section examines clinical isolates, environmental samples, and food samples for the presence of highly dangerous organisms and biologic toxins. Since these organisms and toxins may be found naturally, the laboratory is responsible for rapidly “ruling-out” the presence of these organisms and toxins from samples sent from sentinel laboratories throughout the State.
The Emergency Chemical Exposure Section examines blood and urine from individuals who may have been involved in a toxic chemical-exposure. Exposure may have come from highly toxic hazardous chemicals. Surveillance testing of blood samples for Lead exposure is also performed in this section.