Microbiology Laboratories Supervisor
Jim Walford, B.S.
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
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)
Neisseria gonorrhoeae Culture
Immune Status (Rubella, Rubeola, Mumps, Chickenpox, Hepatitis B Surface Antibody)
Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory (PCR)
West Nile Virus
Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory
Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE)
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
Colorado Tick Fever
Hanta Virus Pulmonary Syndrome
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever