Referring Clinical Specimens to PHEL

Newborn Screening Specimens (Dried Blood Spots)

The Newborn Screening laboratory is mandated to test all newborns in New Jersey for 54 different inheritable disorders. More about the Newborn Screening Program

How to Collect and Submit Dried Blood Spots for Newborn Screening

Bacterial Isolates/Specimens for Surveillance/Outbreak Investigations

Clinical laboratory directors (or designees) are required to submit the following organisms/specimens for outbreak/surveillance testing to PHEL within 3 days of identification:

  • Salmonella spp.
  • Shigella spp.
  • Shiga toxin positive stools submitted in either Cary-Blair or GNB broth
  • Escherichia coli, shiga toxin producing isolates
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Haemophilus influenzae from blood or CSF
  • Neisseria meningitidis
  • Vibrio spp. 
Bacterial isolates matching ASM/CDC Sentinel Laboratory Guidelines rule-in criteria for the following

The Communicable Disease Service must be contacted by phone 609-826-5964 or 609-392-2020 (after hours) for approval to submit:

  • Bacillus anthracis
  • Brucella spp.
  • Franciscella tularensis
  • Burkholderia mallei
  • Burkholderia pseudomallei

BioThreat Response Laboratory
Packaging and Shipping Infectious Substances Page

CDS Specimen Requests

The NJDOH Communicable Disease Service may request cultures or clinical specimens from healthcare facilities for testing other organisms on a case-by-case basis.

Physician Requests

Physicians my request test for other organisms on a case by case basis. Contact the Communicable Disease Service at 609-826-5964 Monday-Friday 8 AM -5 PM to discuss:

  1. Availability of test at PHEL, CDC or other public health laboratories
  2. Technical specifications
  3. Shipping requirements
  4. Paperwork needed
Last Reviewed: 3/23/2018