Virginia's DCLS is an all hazards emergency response laboratory that provides 24/7 laboratory testing services to hundreds of local state and federal agencies including the Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and federal partners including but not limited to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Homeland (DHS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and U.S. Postal Service (USPS).
Laboratory investigations of unknown or targeted substances potentially associated with acts of terrorism are tested using a multi-disciplinary approach which allows for the identification and confirmation of biological, chemical and radiologic agents. Testing is performed on a wide range of sample types including human clinical, environmental and food samples.
DCLS uses the most sophisticated technologies and instrumentation to ensure rapid and specific detection of unknowns so that information is rapidly shared with public health, medical and law enforcement partners. Some of the laboratory testing strategies include traditional culture, real time polymerase chain reaction amplification (PCR), microsphere immunoassays, gas and liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry, time-resolved fluorescence, time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF),whole genome sequencing, and many others.
Emergency Preparedness and Response Areas: