CDC Elite Certification for Legionella

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Congratulations to our Laboratory staff who worked diligently to earn certification through the CDC Elite Program for Legionella analysis!  Although Legionella spp. live in a wide variety of freshwater habitats, they can be difficult to isolate. Culture and enumeration of Legionella from environmental sources involves several steps including concentration of the bacteria, resuspension, selective pre-treatments, and the use of complex media. Use of a suitable isolation protocol is critical for determining whether Legionella are present in a sample and at what concentration. The ELITE Program was created as a way for laboratories to test their Legionella isolation techniques against standardized samples.

As of April 21, 2016, our Laboratory is certified through the CDC Elite Program for Legionella analysis.  Our Laboratory is one of the only laboratories in northern New Jersey with this certification.  Please feel free to visit the CDC’s website to find out more.

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