Laboratory Microbiology Department awarded CDC and ISDH certificate of appreciation
The DeKalb Health Laboratory Microbiology Department was awarded a certificate of appreciation for their work on a project between the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), “to assess Carbapenemase Production among common Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae.”
According to the World Health Association, antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today.
“Surveillance of Antibiotic Resistance has been part of our mission at DeKalb Health Laboratory,” said Julie Voirol, microbiology lead technologist at the DeKalb Health Laboratory. “We are pleased to have been able to work in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Indiana State Department of Health to perform that service.”
In 2013, the ISDH requested laboratories to voluntarily send to them samples of bacteria with certain types of unusual resistance to antibiotics. DeKalb Health Laboratory was one of the first in the state to participate. In 2015, Microbiology laboratory staff members started attending additional training classes on antibiotic resistance testing at the Indiana State Department of Health. Based on the testing the laboratory was already performing and prior cooperation, DeKalb Health Laboratory performed a study with the ISDH, who sent some samples on to the CDC. In 2018, the CDC started a new 10 state initiative, and the ISDH invited DeKalb Health Laboratory to participate. DeKalb Health Laboratory was one of only 4 labs in Indiana to be part of the study.
DeKalb Health Laboratory’s Clinical Laboratory Scientists who work in the Microbiology Department
From left are; Barbara Huhn, MLT (ASCP), Julie Voirol, MT (ASCP) Microbiology Lead Technologist, and Shawna Demorest, MT (AMT). Not present: Kathy Malcolm, MT (ASCP)