The young woman with a fever and mosquito bites – she may have the West Nile virus. The little boy playing with a stray dog who got a nip on the hand – he may have rabies. The family living in a beloved historic house – their toddlers might have lead poisoning.
Having a state-of-the-art laboratory to perform these tests is good for the public health of the state of Connecticut. But for the health of these people, it's crucial.
Fortunately for the state, their new 110,000-square-foot laboratory is outfitted for both environmental and occupational chemistry. In addition to testing diseases and acting as a reference point for healthcare providers, the state lab can also function as a rapid-response bio-terrorism laboratory. Molecular diagnostics can be expanded to other infectious disease areas such as virology and reference bacteriology, and new services will be offered for diagnostic and preventative health care for chronic diseases.