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Microbiology Branch

Bacteriology Section

Bacteriology Section conducts public health microbiology including enteric identification, mycobacteriology and reference diagnostic bacteriology.

Supervisor - (502) 564-4446 Ext: 4431

Mycobacteriology - (502) 564-4446 Ext: 4423, 4422

Isolation, identification and sensitivity

Bacteriology - (502) 564-4446 Ext: 4459

Enteric and miscellaneous isolation and identification

Polymerase chain reaction for selected organisms

Bacteriology Fingerprinting

Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis is an application applied to E. coli, salmonella, shigella and listeria for food outbreak detection and surveillance. This surveillance is done in cooperation with the Kentucky Division of Epidemiology and Health Planning and with the Centers for Disease Control.

Virology Section

Supervisor - (502) 564-4446, ext. 4483

Virology Lab - (502) 564-4446, ext. 4484

Tests Performed

Refer to the Reference List of Laboratory Tests for testing methodologies and other tests not listed below.

Hepatitis B
Hepatitis A
VDRL/Syphilis IgG/TPPA

Viral Agent Isolation and Identification

Respiratory Agents
ECHO Viruses
Coxsackie Viruses
Herpesvirus 1 and 2

Viral Serology


Rabies Antigen Detection and Isolation
(502) 564-4446, ext. 4487

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea

Testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea using Nucleic Acid Amplified Testing
(502) 564-4446 Ext: 4483

Acceptable specimens using the Genprobe Aptima collection kits are:

  • Male urethral and female endocervical
  • Male and female urine
  • Rectal swab
  • Pharyngeal swab
  • Vaginal Swab

When shipping specimens to our facility, please include two unique identifiers on specimen and request form.


Last Updated 11/10/2015