CDC offers the following resources to assist state and local public health laboratories in enhancing their Legionnaires’ disease testing and outbreak response capacities.
Environmental Legionella Isolation Techniques Evaluation Program
A program that issues documentation for passing the proficiency test to laboratories that have demonstrated the ability to isolate Legionella from simulated environmental samples by culture
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
CDC Laboratory Guidance for Processing Environmental Samples
Procedures currently used by CDC to process environmental samples obtained during investigations of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks
CDC Specimen Submission Form pdf icon[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.