DPH: Katherine A. Kelley State Public Health Laboratory

Katherine A. Kelley State Public Health Laboratory

{Entrance to CT public health laboratory.}

The Connecticut State Public Health Laboratory was first activated in 1904, and has supported communities within Connecticut by providing environmental and clinical analytical services. Since then, services offered have evolved with the ever-changing clinical, microbial, and environmental demands. The introduction of the Newborn Screening Program in 1964, testing of Bacillus anthracis specimens in 2001, and the addition of genetic testing in 2010 are just a few of the evolutions the public health laboratory has seen.

To help support and maintain the Connecticut Department of Public Health's mandates, the Katherine A. Kelley State Public Health Laboratory, a new state of the art facility, was opened in 2012 to provide chemical, biochemical, microbiological, and environmental testing on specimens for disease detection, outbreak investigations, and surveillance. The efforts of this public health laboratory will help ensure the safety of air, water, soil, milk and food, and the health and wellbeing of all Connecticut residents.

The laboratory is comprised of the following services:

Biological Science Services -provides testing for bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic agents of diseases; serves as a reference center for microbiological aspects of infectious diseases; screens for eight genetic diseases in newborns.

Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Services - evaluates toxic inorganic/organic chemicals in the air, river and lake waters, wastewater, drinking water, fish and shellfish, landfills, industrial waste, spills, consumer products, dairy and food, and soils; a certified chemistry laboratory is maintained for drinking water.

Newborn Screening and Test Result Levels 


Environmental Microbiology Fresh Surface Water Examination (available soon) 

Inorganic Chemistry Drinking Water




Inorganic Chemistry Routine Non Potable Water



Request for Rabies Examination





Dr. John Fontana, Branch Chief

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