Bacteriology Laboratory

Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratories
6810 SE Dwight Street
Topeka, KS 66620

The policy of the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories (KHEL) is to provide microbiology support to county and state agencies. In addition, KHEL serves as a microbiology laboratory to hospital and independent clinical laboratories in order to confirm atypical results from cultures and clinical specimens. KHEL utilizes matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-ToF) for the identification of bacteria. Additionally, KHEL now tests bacterial isolates suspected of being carbapenem-resistant organisms (CRO). This information is also used as part of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics infectious disease surveillance program. The KDHE Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Response program conducts the infectious disease surveillance and outbreak investigations and provides subject matter expertise to local health departments, physicians, veterinarians, and the general public.

KDHE reporting requirements can be found at This report identifies diseases which must be reported to the state epidemiologists and which isolates must be submitted to the laboratory. Please follow packaging and shipping guidelines found in this manual, or on our website at to submit specimens to the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories.

Microbiology Guidelines

For all human specimens submitted for microbiology testing, see the Microbiology Specimen Submission Guidelines for specific collection, rejection, and transport guidelines.