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Microbiology Laboratories Supervisor
Jim Walford, B.S.
Phone: 307-777-7431
FAX: 307-777-6422


The mission of the Wyoming Public Health Microbiology Laboratory is to support public health by providing specialized infectious disease testing and consultation to medical facilities, state and county agencies, and EPA drinking water sites in a quality assured, cost effective and timely manner. The Microbiology Laboratory tests for reportable diseases involved in communicable disease outbreaks and supports surveillance initiatives by utilizing high complexity laboratory tests, some which may not be available elsewhere in the state.


The Microbiology Section of the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory (WPHL) is comprised of several specialized laboratories. These laboratories are dedicated to provide testing services to the state of Wyoming & its citizens, and to identify, track, control, and prevent infectious diseases. 

It is the responsibility of Clinical Laboratories to report occurrences of infectious diseases according to the Reportable Diseases List.  To report, use the Confidential Disease Report form and mail or Fax to the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section as indicated on the form.

Depending on the laboratory test and specimen to collect, Specimen Collection Supplies are available from the WPHL.  To order supplies print a copy of the Supply Order Form and follow the instructions on the form.  When submitting specimens some special considerations should be noted, please see Miscellaneous Notes and Comments.

WPHL also has a Courier Service available to sites that are submitting specimens to the Microbiology Section.  To see a list of current Courier Clients and Pickup Sites, go to the Forms page and view the Courier documents. 


Microbiology Laboratories and Related Programs

Bacteriology Laboratory

      Aerobic and Anaerobic Bacterial Culture Identification

      Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing

      Botulism (Clostridium botulinum)

      Diptheria (Corynebacterium duptheriae)

      Enteric Bacteria (Fecal Bacteria)

      Enteric Serogrouping (STX positive E. coli, Salmonella, Shigella)

      Haemophilus influenzae      

      Neisseria gonorrhoeae Culture

      Neisseria meningitidis      

      Parasitology Testing

      Streptococcal Serogrouping                  

Immune Status (Rubella, Rubeola, Mumps, Chickenpox, Hepatitis B Surface Antibody)

Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory (PCR)

      Bordetella pertussis 

      Influenza and Respiratory Viral Panel (RVP)


      West Nile Virus

Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory  

      Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) 

      Salmonella serotyping

      Foodborne disease investigation

Mycobacteriology (TB) Laboratory     

     NAAT for Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBc)

     QFT (Quantiferon test for TB)                           

Sexually Transmitted Infections Laboratory

      Chlamydia trachomatis  and Neisseria gonorrhoeae Testing

      Hepatitis, HIV, and RPR for Syphilis

Strep Throat Program

Vector-borne Diseases      

         Colorado Tick Fever

         Hanta Virus Pulmonary Syndrome

         Lyme Disease         

         Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever