IBL’s clinical testing is performed primarily by the Clinical and Microbiology sections.
The Clinical section includes both virology-serology and mycobacteriology laboratories.
The Microbiology section includes the reference bacteriology and molecular epidemiology laboratories. The work of both laboratories contributes to local, state and national surveillance of enteric disease.
IBL maintains strict guidelines regarding receipt and processing of samples. Clinical microbiology samples are accepted only from physicians, health clinics, and district health departments.
Before submitting a sample, it is highly recommended that you consult the Bureau's Sampling and Submission Guide. There you will find a complete list of tests that are performed at IBL as well as information on sample collection, storage, handling procedures, and rejection criteria.
Samples must be received in appropriate packaging. Samples must be accompanied by the proper submission form for the test requested. Links to sample submission forms can be found below. These forms may be printed and used for submission. If the form you need is not listed here or if you are unsure of the form you need, please call 208-334-2235. Applicable samples from Public Health Districts must also be accompanied by a completed Client Billing Form.
Samples must be received in the appropriate packaging. There are also Federal Guidelines related to the proper containment and transport of certain types of samples. Below are resources for packaging Category A and Category B specimens.
Clinical Section Manager:
(208) 334-4083 (fax)
Tuberculosis, virology (rabies, norovirus, influenza, West Nile virus, etc.)
Microbiology Section Manager:
(208) 334-4083 (fax)
Bacteriology, biological threat, molecular epidemiology
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