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A week to honor medical laboratory professionals

By | April 28th, 2022|Preparedness|

For many of us, it almost felt like everything else stopped when COVID-19 arrived in U.S. more than two years ago. For those working in the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory operated by ADHS, efforts related to the pandemic were added to the critical diagnostic work they perform every day. During Medical Laboratory Professionals Week [...]

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It‘s Not Too Late; Get Your Flu Shot Today

By | December 7th, 2015|Preparedness|

Have you received your flu shot yet? December 6 - 12 is the National Influenza Vaccination Week. It's not too late to get vaccinated; especially with the peak flu season coming up. See how quick and easy my experience was. While your arm might be a little sore; it's worth it to avoid getting sick. [...]

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Arizona State Laboratory Announces Biosafety Improvement Plan

By | October 12th, 2015|General, Preparedness|

Public Health Laboratory was awarded funds from the Epidemiology Laboratory Capacity cooperative improvement grant to improve laboratory biosafety in Arizona as part of the national response to the Ebola crisis. The funds were awarded to develop a three-year plan to improve the state lab’s biosafety readiness as well as assisting the State Public Health Lab’s [...]

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MERS-CoV x 2

By | May 16th, 2014|Preparedness|

A couple of weeks ago a healthcare worker who recently returned from Saudi Arabia was the first confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the U.S.  This week the CDC and the Florida health department   confirmed a 2nd US case.   A person with MERS traveled Saudi Arabia - London - Boston - Atlanta - [...]

First Case of MERS in U.S.

By | May 2nd, 2014|General, Preparedness|

A healthcare worker who recently returned from Saudi Arabia is the first confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the U.S.  The person's in stable condition in isolation in an Indiana hospital. All public health agencies around the world have been carefully watching for new cases of MERS since the disease was [...]

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MERS Update

By | January 10th, 2014|Preparedness|

Back in the fall I mentioned the new SARS-like virus, MERS-CoV, which has been causing severe illness, and sometimes death, mainly in the Arabian Peninsula. Four months ago, 103 cases had been reported worldwide, about half of them fatal. Now, 177 cases have been reported, with 74 deaths. The cases are almost all located in [...]

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Newborn Screening Turn-Around Times

By | December 13th, 2013|Newborn Screening, Prevention|

An investigative article published by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a couple of weeks ago has triggered a state by state assessment of newborn screening programs across the country.  Arizona is no exception.   Our newborn screening and maternal and child health teams have been reviewing our procedures and looking for ways to improve Arizona’s performance.  For example, several Arizona [...]

Arizona State Public Health Laboratory celebrates Laboratory Professionals Week!

By | April 17th, 2013|General|

Guest post from Kathryn Wangsness, Chief for the Office of Laboratory Services The Arizona State Public Health Lab is celebrating the dedication of its laboratory personnel next week as part of Laboratory Professionals Week.  Laboratory Professionals Week was originally established to honor the more than 300,000 scientists, technicians and pathologists who perform testing vital to [...]

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Tonight’s Midwifery Scope of Practice Meeting

By | April 3rd, 2013|Licensing, Newborn Screening|

Our Midwifery Scope of Practice Advisory Committee Meeting is meeting from 4 to 6 pm this evening in the Lab conference room (250 N 17 Avenue, Phoenix).  The Agenda includes a discussion of the draft U of A Literature Review including a Presentation of the results along with the  Draft Rules for Public Comment.  The [...]

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Program Spotlight: Lab Licensure

By | January 24th, 2013|Licensing|

Those of you that actually read these posts know that we run Arizona’s benchmark public health laboratory.  But many of you might not know that we also license and inspect clinical and environmental labs in AZ and even some in other parts of the country through our Clinical and Environmental Laboratory Licensing and Compliance programs.  [...]

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