Carissa Robertson, Microbiologist III
Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratories
6810 SE Dwight Street
Topeka, KS 66620
Telephone Number: 785-296-1634
The enteric section isolates and identifies common enteric pathogens. These bacteria are generally associated with foodborne outbreaks and cause gastrointestinal illness in humans. The most commonly encountered organisms include Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, and Shiga toxin-producing E.coli (STEC), including E.coli O157:H7. Less frequently, illness can be caused by Vibrio cholerae and Yersinia enterocolitica. In addition, Salmonella and Shigella species are serotyped to help track infections. Serotyping is also used to confirm the identification of E. coli O157:H7 and other STEC when possible.
Stool specimens for screening should be sent to the laboratory using bacterial culture kits provided by the laboratory or commercially available kits.
Culture isolates sent to the laboratory for identification and/or serotyping should be sent in the Infectious Disease Shipper Boxes (IDS) provided by the laboratory and on appropriate media to ensure the organism’s survival until it reaches the laboratory.