NH Public Health Laboratories Celebrates National Laboratory Professionals Week

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS), Division of Public Health Services, Bureau of Laboratory Services

is recognizing National Laboratory Professionals Week, April 22–28, 2012.

The New Hampshire Public Health Laboratories (NH PHL) is the only

laboratory in the State that performs laboratory testing exclusively for

the general well being of all of its citizens and visitors.

During National Laboratory Professionals Week, the NH PHL will celebrate

the great strides it has made in its 111th year, since its inception in

1901. Events are planned throughout the week including a walk for NH Public

Health Laboratories awareness and a lobby display in the DHHS building on

Hazen Drive. The display will showcase different program areas and a museum

display of antique laboratory equipment.

The NH PHL protects the public's health in New Hampshire through

responsive, unbiased, quality laboratory testing; actively participating in

national and international surveillance networks; and improving the quality

of health and laboratory services in both the public and private sector.

The NH PHL is a team who coordinates with its partners and stakeholders to

guide New Hampshire to a healthier Granite State.

“We want to take this opportunity to honor the work of our public health

laboratorians who are dedicated employees ready to respond to critical

incidents such as disease outbreaks, newly emergent diseases, product

contamination and water quality,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public

Health at DHHS. “The Public Health Labs employ the latest molecular,

genetic and computer technologies for the purpose of disease outbreak

investigation, readiness for bioterrorism, and applied public health

research. Our employees are well trained and dedicated to their jobs and in

serving the people of New Hampshire.”

The employees of the NH PHL include: food microbiologists, who assure our

food safety by analyzing dairy products, shellfish, seawater and other food

products for microbiological agents, such as Salmonella, E. coli, and

paralytic shellfish poisoning (Red Tide); chemists and toxicologists, who

detect chemicals such as mercury, arsenic, lead, and nutrient compounds in

a variety of samples; clinical microbiologists, and virologists, who assist

healthcare providers in diagnosing infectious diseases such as

tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, vaccine-preventable, and

bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections; and radiological chemists who

analyze radiation levels in environmental samples such as air, water, soil,

sand, sediment, vegetation, milk, fish, lobster, mussels, and other foods

and tritium in surface and ground water.

For more information on the NH PHL, visit the Public Health Laboratories

testing page at http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/lab/index.htm and the Water

Analysis Testing page at