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Microbiological testing

The Public Health Microbiology team provides expert scientific knowledge and laboratory investigation for notifiable bacterial pathogens and bacterial or toxin-mediated outbreaks.

We use surveillance and epidemiological data to provide high quality reference and diagnostic services to a wide range of public health and clinical clients investigating bacterial outbreaks.

Our scope can include:

  • Food—investigating and surveying the microbiological quality of food including foodborne illnesses, analysing and identifying moulds and detecting foodborne pathogens and their toxins
  • Water—investigating water quality and outbreaks from consuming, ingesting or inhaling contaminated water (e.g. drinking, dialysis, swimming and recycled water).
  • Molecular epidemiology—genotyping major bacterial pathogens and typing bacteria for identifying and characterising disease outbreaks.
  • Leptospirosis—providing expert analysis, advice, diagnostic support and epidemiological data as part of the reference and research laboratory which is part of an international collaborating group.
  • Bacterial pathogens—providing a reference and referral service for notifiable bacterial pathogens comprising a number of specialty areas including:
    • enteric pathogens
    • Group A Streptococci
    • Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Neisseria meningitidis
    • Streptococcus pneumoniae
    • Legionellae spp.
Last updated: 14 February 2018