Zika & Arboviruses
Testing of Persons Under Investigation for Dengue chikungunya and ZIKA at PHLET
Before sending any samples for testing, please call your local health department to coordinate testing. Information that will be requested includes:
The patient name and date of birth should be referenced on all communication related to the sample (information on submission form and sample must match)
Samples should be packaged as Category B infectious substance and shipped on cold packs or dry ice as appropriate
Testing is available free of charge when pre-approved by local health department
Helpful Links and Documents
Quantiferon TB Gold Testing
At the Public Health Laboratory of East Texas, we offer the Quanitferon TB Gold test for the detection of M. tuberculosis that requires a blood draw. Special tubes are required for blood collection; please contact us if you are interested in submitting patient samples for testing.
Important Notice Regarding Quantiferons Testing and Fees
Once a year we send updates regarding our quantiferon assay. Please review the resources and documents below regarding quantiferon collection. Also included is the most recent submission form. Please ensure you are using our newest submission form when submitting specimens.
A few important steps to remember when drawing quantiferon tubes:
- Check the expiration dates of your tubes and do not use expired tubes. If new tubes are needed, call PHLET at (903) 877-5071
- Draw tubes according to the document titled “Quantiferon TB Gold InTube Collection Procedure”
- Quantiferon testing is $80.00 per test
If you have any questions or need more information about the Quantiferon IGRA assay, please contact PHLET at (903) 877-5071.
Quantiferon Helpful Resources and Documents
- Routine Clinical Submission Form
- Benefits of QFT for Healthcare Worker Screening
- CDC Reccomendations for the Use of the Quantiferon TB Gold Test
Influenza Surveillance Testing
The Public Health Laboratory of East Texas performs influenza testing as part of the state surveillance program. The testing offered includes the subtyping of influenza viruses by RT-PCR, and can detect Influenza A seasonal and pandemic subtypes, as well as Influenza B.
Specimens submitted for surveillance testing purposes are to be coordinated through local health departments. Testing is offered Monday through Friday.
Please see the link below for determining specimen requirements and submission procedures. Specimens must be accompanied by a completed DSHS G2A form or PHLET submission form. If you are not a current submitter to DSHS, please contact us so that we may establish you as a submitter to prevent testing delays. Specimens will only be received from current submitters.
Please contact PHLET at (903) 877-5071 if you have any questions about testing or sample submission.
Other Helpful Flu Links
Helpful Links and Documents
Packaging & Shipping Resources
The experts at PHLET can assist you by providing education and information regarding the packaging and shipping of biological substances. Onsite training is provided on a regular basis to help you maintain your packaging and shipping certification. Check out our training opportunities to learn more. The following links are resources that can assist you in the packaging and shipping process.