Office Of Labatory Services


OLS Modular Laboratory

The West Virginia Threat-Preparedness and Bioterrorism Response Laboratory was established as part of a national bioterrorism preparedness and response network of public health and clinical laboratories for the purpose of disease surveillance and emergency response to possible acts of bioterrorism. The CDC, as the nation's public health agency, has developed a laboratory response plan designed to provide rapid and specific diagnosis of illnesses caused by likely agents of bioterrorism. This response network is a tiered system, based upon an assessment of laboratory analytical capabilities, capacity to respond, and Biosafety levels. The Laboratory Response Network (LRN) consists of three levels of laboratories, designated Sentinel, Reference, and National Levels. Sentinel Level Laboratories are primarily non-public health clinical laboratories that serve hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare institutions. Their primary function is to raise suspicion following the application of commonly performed tests with the objective being to "rule-out" suspect bioterrorism agents. Reference Level Laboratories have access to protocols and reagents for identifying threat agents in environmental specimens and confirmation of identification for clinical samples. The West Virginia Office of Laboratory Services is considered to be the Reference Level Laboratory for Bacillus anthracis, Yersinia pestis, Francisella tularensis, Brucella spp., and other agents of Bioterrorism for the state.


The West Virginia Threat-Preparedness and Bioterrorism Response Laboratory DOES NOT accept specimens from the general public.  If you have a suspicious letter/package, please contact your nearest State/Local Law Enforcement Agency or your Local Health Department.


West Virginia Office of Environmental Health Services

National Center for Environmental Health The National Center for Environmental Health's Emergency Preparedness and Response Branch (EPRB) coordinates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) emergency preparedness and response activities.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Safety and Terrorism Report suspect product tampering or any food contamination of an FDA regulated product: FDA 24 hour emergency phone number: 301-443-1240


WVOEHS Radiation, Toxics and Indoor Air Division

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Radiological Emergency Response Plan

West Virginia Office of Environmental Health Services

National Center for Environmental Health

WVOLS Environmental Chemistry Laboratory
Chemical Terrorism Response Section
Main Office Number: 304-965-2694


Clinical and Environmental Specimen Submission Guidelines
Jennifer Ross-Wilkinson, MBS, WV Office of Laboratory Services

Suspect Bioterrorism and/or Chemical Terrorism Sample Submission
Rosemarie Gearhart, MS, Ohio Department of Health Laboratory

Investigation of an Anthrax Incident
State of Ohio Security Task Force

Environmental Sample Collection Guide
Ohio Department of Health Laboratories

Identifying the Unknown: Wet Laboratory
Melissa Bossie, MS, MT, WV Office of Laboratory Services

Understanding Chemical Terrorism
Terry Wass, CIH, CSP, WV Office of Laboratory Services


CDC Emergency Preparedness & Response

Canada Infectious Disease MSDS

NOVA Bioterror Online

CDC Emerging Infectious Diseases

Center for Civilian BioDefense Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)

American Biological Safety Association

CDC National Laboratory Training Network


Threat-Preparedness & Bioterrorism Response Section
Ph. 304-558-3530 x2301
Fx. 304-558-0895

Ed Dos Santos
BT Response Coordinator
Microbiologist III

Director of WV Office of Laboratory Services
304-558-3530 x2110

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