Clinical Bacteriology Laboratory

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What We Do


The Clinical Bacteriology Team is involved in the identification and/or confirmation of pure cultures for the following organisms:

  • Gram-negative non-fermentative rods
  • Gram-positive rods including coryneforms and Bacillus
  • Gram-positive cocci including Streptococcus and Staphylococcus
  • Family EnterobacteriaceaeHaemophilus, and Neisseria

Clinical testing includes:

  • Bordetella pertussis culture
  • Isolation and identification of enteric pathogens and Group A and B Streptococcus and Legionella
  • Processing autopsy specimens from the medical examiner
  • Serological typing for Neisseria meningitidisHaemophilus influenzaeE. coli 057:H7, and other Shiga toxin-producing E. coliVibrio choleraeLegionella species, and Streptococcus species
  • Genetic probe testing for N. gonorrhoeae and C. trachomatis

The team processes yearly, on average, 2600-3000 specimens for bacterial isolation or identification and 14,000 specimens for N. gonorrhoeae and C. trachomatis by genetic probe.


Contact Us


Clinical Bacteriology Branch
Laboratory Services Section, MC 1947
Department of State Health Services
PO Box 149347
Austin, TX  78714-9347


888-963-7111 x7582 toll-free
512-458-7452 fax