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Viral and Rickettsial Disease Laboratory Testing for Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis

A newly described eschar-associated illness has been identified in California caused by Spotted Fever Group (SFG) Rickettsia 364D and transmitted with tick bite. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Viral and Rickettsial Disease Laboratory (VRDL) encourages submission of specimens from suspected SFG Rickettsia cases who meet the CDC clinical case definition.    (PDF) 

 

Neurologic Surveillance and Testing

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is currently conducting enhanced viral testing and surveillance for patients with acute flaccid paralysis (AFP). We are seeking information and specimens on patients meeting the case defintion of AFP.

AFP Case Definition & Specimen Requirements  (PDF)

Neurologic Surveillance and Testing (NST) was initiated in 2012 as a collaboration between the Communicable Disease Emergency Response (CDER) Branch and the Viral and Rickettsial Disease Laboratory (VRDL) at the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).  It is designed to provide consultation and limited diagnostic testing for neurologic illness presumed to be of infectious origin

 

 Vaccine Preventable Reference Examination for confirmation of and/or genotyping of measles, mumps, rubella or varicella

 Vaccine Preventable Reference Examination Submittal Form (for isolates of lab confirmed specimens) (PDF) 

 For original specimens that have not been tested, use the General Purpose Specimen Submittal Form

 

Latest guidelines to laboratory services offered by the California Department of Public Health Virus and Rickettsial Disease Laboratory

VRDLGuidelines to Laboratory Services v 5.4.8 (PDF)  (revised 12.23.13)

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Last modified on: 3/4/2014 3:42 PM