Monterey County Public Health Laboratory
1270 Natividad Road
Salinas, CA 93906
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (does not close for lunch)
Gerry Guibert, Public Health Laboratory Director,
Phone: (831) 755-4516
FAX: (831) 755-4652
The Monterey County Public Health Laboratory provides clinical laboratory services in the specialties of Microbiology (including Bacteriology, Mycobacteriology, Mycology, Parasitology and Virology) and Diagnostic Immunology. The laboratory works with Hospital Clinical Laboratory Scientists, Infectious Disease Specialists, Epidemiologists and Communicable Disease Investigators to detect, control and prevent contagious diseases.
Laboratory results indicative/suggestive of anthrax, botulism, brucellosis, plague , smallpox, tularaemia, and viral hemorrhagic fever, must be reported to the local health officer within one hour after the laboratory has notified the health care provider who ordered the test. State and federal authorities have identified these seven diseases and meriting heightened surveillance and rapid reporting. The current methods for ruling out these diseases are available at the American Society of Microbiology webpage. The Monterey County Public Health Laboratory can provide consultation to assist: 1) ruling out the above diseases; and 2) arranging “rule-in’ or confirmatory though the Laboratory Response Network.
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