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The Napa- Solano public health laboratory is as an outpatient laboratory with 4 public health microbiologists, 3 Technicians, 2 Office Assistants, an Assistant lab director and a lab director. The lab is State approved with Federal CLIA accreditation and ELAP certificates. Our primary activity is performing many of the same procedures as other public health laboratories. The Public Health Laboratory Program is very critical to the function of the Public Health and Environmental Programs of Solano and Napa Counties Our lab emphasizes services to support epidemiologic investigations and programs to prevent and control infectious diseases and pollution of air, water, and food. It supports disease prevention, which tends to keep hospital beds and clinic visits to a minimum. The specimens for release of cases or carrier of the following communicable diseases are sent to the public health laboratory: Amoebiasis, Diphtheria, Plague, Animal Rabies, Salmonellosis, Shigellosis, Typhoid Fever, Tuberculosis, and Sexually Transmitted Disease.
The Public Health Laboratory has a significant responsibility in the diagnosis and control of communicable diseases in both counties. It offers testing for: Tuberculosis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Trichomonas, Herpes culture isolation, Streptococcus, antibiotic resistant Staphylococcus, B.pertussis, Syphilis, HIV, Blood Lead, Urine Toxicology, Diarrheal diseases as Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, E. Coli 0157, Yersinia sp ; Parasite diseases as Giardia, Entamoeba Histolytica and worms; Rabies; Lyme disease testing; Viral Diseases as Herpes, Encephalitis, West Nile Virus and Influenza; Food Poisoning cases; Contaminated drinking water by Coliforms and E. Coli and medical infections of skin lesion, throat infections, urinary tract infections and fungal diseases; Bioterrorism preparedness, West Nile and PCR testing for influenza and Noro virus. This laboratory supports both health departments’ enforcement role in protecting the public from microbial and chemical pollutants, including bioterrorism event or a nondiaggnostic testing in the community.
We have continouse collaboration and communication with Napa County health department staff regarding our laboratory services for their County and their future needs. Napa County health dept has been able to use the results generated by testing medical and environmental samples performed in Napa-Solano public health laboratory to determine when to exercise its powers to protect the public's health and safety. Examples of these services include Noro virus out break in a few residential care facilities, foodborne illness examinations of campylobacter in State facilities and drinking water testing of many private wells and springs after the storm run off.
The laboratory has a significant role in the identification of agents of Bioterrorism. These include anthrax, tularemia, Brucella, plague and common bacteria as Salmonella and E. Coli. The laboratory will have a very significant responsibility to rapidly respond to these situations. The laboratory response time will be very important to meet the requirement of Bioterrorism funding grants. These are examples of how Napa Solano County public health laboratory responds to the particular needs of the local population served in Napa and Solano County.
The future goal of building a new Public health laboratory has become a reality. The move to the new building has created great enthusiasm among laboratory staff with the plans and commitment to increasing new services and developing new testing procedures for monitoring and controlling environmental health and safety in the areas of water, food and communicable disease testing. The lab will continue collaboration and communication with Napa County health department staff regarding our laboratory services for their County and their future needs. The lab will continue on providing consultation and reference services to further the development of improved procedures related to the prevention and control of human diseases.