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The Laboratory of Viral Diseases (LVD) encompasses a diverse service and research program for viral diseases of public health importance. Efforts include those for surveillance, outbreak investigation, special disease and emerging pathogen detection, reference testing, pandemic preparedness and response, the development and investigation of new testing methodologies, the investigation of viral infections and their associated pathogenesis and disease, and the education and training of graduate students and fellows.

As part of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Wadsworth Center, the laboratories of the LVD are located at the David Axelrod Institute in Albany, NY. The LVD works closely with both the Bureau of Communicable Diseases and the Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control Program at the New York State Department of Health, and collaborates on numerous projects with colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, other state and regional public health laboratories, university and other research facilities, and various industry partners.

Within this program are the following laboratories:

  • General Virology
  • Enteric Virus
  • Viral Encephalitis 
  • Special Projects

CLIA# 33D2005937 | PFI# 8523

Program Updates

Greg Farrell Earns CDC Lifetime Achievement Award

Greg Farrell Earns CDC Lifetime Achievement Award

Virology Laboratory staff member Greg Farrell is the inaugural recipient of the National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) Lifetime Achievement Award.

Unsolicited. Inaugural. Lifetime Achievement. Weighty words.

An unexpected envelope found its way to the...

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Dr. St. George Receives Alumni Award. Image: University of South Australia, photo by Aise Dillon

Australia to Albany and Back

On the heels of receiving the 2017 Diagnostic Virology Award, an international career achievement award, Dr. Kirsten St. George, Chief of the Laboratory of Viral Diseases, was presented with the Alumni Award from the University of South Australia (UniSA) in Adelaide.


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Influenza virus. Photo Credit: Frederick Murphy; Content Provider CDC/Erskine Palmer, Ph.D.; M.L. Martin

Weekly Influenza Surveillance Reports

Wadsworth Center's Virology Laboratory contributes results of influenza type/subtype identification as well as antiviral resistance testing to the Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report compiled by the New York...

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