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 Microbial Serology

 

Laboratory Contact Number
410-767-6159

 

Microbes, microscopic forms of life, are found throughout our living world. The vast majority of microbes are harmless or even beneficial to humans. Although some microbes are capable of causing serious or life-threatening diseases.
The Microbial Serology Laboratory identifies disease-causing microbes (pathogens) through a variety of diagnostic laboratory techniques. The Laboratory detects these pathogens through isolation and identification techniques (direct identification), or through the detection of antibodies found in the infected person's blood as a response to the specific pathogen (indirect identification). The Microbial Serology laboratory also obtains information that is used to stop the spread of disease within a given community (outbreak investigation and identification).
 
The major groups of infectious disease-causing agents tested by the Microbial Serology laboratory along with some diseases caused by such agents include:
 
  • Bacterial (Lyme Disease; Legionnaires' Disease)
  • Chlamydial (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease)
  • Fungal (Cryptococcosis)
  • Mycoplasmal (Atypical pneumonia; urethritis)
  • Parasital (Toxoplasmosis)
  • Parasital (Toxoplasmosis)
  • Rickettsial (Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever)
  • Viral (Herpes; cytomegalovirus)
 

Microbial Serology Specimen Submission Guidelines:

Aspergillus                       
Brucella                          
Chlamydia                        
Cryptococcal                      
CMV (Cytomegalovirus)             
Ehrlichia                         
Epstein Barr Virus (EBV)          
Francisella Tularensis
Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)        
Infectious Mononucleosis 
Leptospira                        
Lyme                              
Mycoplasma/Ureaplasma       
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF)
Salmonella                        
Toxoplasma                        
Typhus Fever