Due to damage from Hurricane Katrina the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Office of Public Health (OPH) laboratory in New Orleans was forced to relocate to a new facility in Metairie. All bioterrorism testing is currently being processed through the OPH Shreveport laboratory. A modular BSL-3 facility has been installed at our metairie laboratory. Once verification of the new facility is complete, bioterrorism testing will resume at the central laboratory. For any questions regarding sample testing please contact us at the number provided at the bottom of this page.
Hospital Microbiology Laboratory Site Visits—We are making our way to each and every hospital microbiology laboratory in the state to distribute laboratory prepardness materials and answer any questions about our program.
2011 Bioterrorism and Packaging and Shipping Update Workshop—Our bioterrorism and packaging and shipping workshop will be held around the state featuring updated information on bioterrorism emergency response, a packaging and shipping overview and pandemic influenza.
If you have any questions about biological threat testing or packaging and shipping biological substances, please contact us at the phone numbers below.
Kerri Gerage, Laboratory Emergency Response Coordinator