The Bacteriology section isolates, identifies and characterizes pathogens, and performs confirmatory testing of suspect agents of bioterrorism. The Hygienic Laboratory is the only laboratory in Iowa that performs many specialized public health tests, including enteric serology, rabies and Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis for participation in PulseNet. This program uses lab methods to extract DNA from enteric pathogens and create a "fingerprint" pattern of the organisms. This pattern is then used to link the incidence of illness to larger outbreaks.

Beth Albaugh, clinical lab analyst

During fiscal year 2013: