For Laboratories

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

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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

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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 Test Directory
The searchable Test Directory features an up-to-date list of orderable tests and provides information on specimen requirements, contact information, test turnaround times, and other supplemental information.

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