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Virology

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

Digitally colorized transmission electron micrograph of Norovirus virions. Photo credit: Charles D. Humphrey, CDC

Wadsworth Center Virology Laboratory Receives Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) Funding for CaliciNet Outbreak Support Center

Norovirus is a primary cause of acute gastroenteritis and foodborne disease in the United States where, according to the CDC, it is responsible for "19 - 21 million cases of acute gastroenteritis, 1.7 - 1.9 million outpatient...

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Wadsworth Center’s Virology Laboratory Finds Clue in New York City Mumps Outbreak

Considering that the number of mumps cases per year has decreased by more than 99% since the introduction of vaccines against the disease, it is relatively rare these days to hear about a mumps outbreak. But that is just what has happened...

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