This Bacteriology Laboratory participates in the investigation of foodborne and waterborne bacterial disease outbreaks as well as investigations of hospital-associated and community-associated bacterial disease affecting the public of NYS. This investigative work often includes molecular bacterial identification directly on clinical specimens as well as techniques optimized for the recovery of bacteria from environmental and food samples. Highlighted outbreak investigations include:
- 2016 Multi-state outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia- This outbreak led to the testing of bloodstream infections associated with contaminated pre-filled saline flush syringes. Our laboratory isolated the outbreak strain from 78 patients and 2 saline flush products.
- 2015 Legionella outbreak in South Bronx- This outbreak led to the testing of samples from over 320 cooling towers.
- 2014 Multi-state Salmonella in chia seed powder- Our lab isolated the outbreak strain from unopened samples.
- 2013 Multi-state E. coli O121 in frozen snack foods- Our lab determined the outbreak strain in patients and mini-quesadillas leading to large scale recall of products.
- 2011 Salmonella Ground Turkey- Recall (36 million pounds).
- 2010 E. coli O145 Bagged Romaine Lettuce- Our lab isolated the outbreak strain from lettuce (150 pounds of lettuce received).
- 2007 E. coli O157:H7 Ground Beef Products- Our lab confirmed beef as the source - Recall (21.7 million pounds).