For Laboratories

CDC offers the following resources to assist state and local public health laboratories in enhancing their Legionnaires’ disease testing and outbreak response capacities.

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ELITE Program
A program to allow laboratories to test the Legionella isolation techniques against standardized samples

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Toolkit: Developing a Legionnaires’ Disease Laboratory Response Plan
A Practical Guide to Developing a Legionnaires’ Disease Laboratory Response Plan for State and Local Public Health Laboratories

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CDC Laboratory Guidance for Processing Environmental Samples
Procedures currently used by CDC to process environmental samples obtained during investigations of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks

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CDC Specimen Submission Form Cdc-pdf[2 pages]
Instructions for how to ship specimens to CDC for Legionella testing

For information about testing clinical or environmental samples and isolates at the CDC laboratory, see Request CDC Assistance.