Sentara Reference Laboratory is Hampton Roads' only full-service reference laboratory and operates hospital based laboratories, ambulatory care center laboratories, dedicated Patient Service Centers and supports a wide range of physician offices, clinics, businesses, schools and insurance providers in Hampton Roads. All of our laboratory facilities are accredited by the College of American Pathologists, and the Virginia Department of Health. In addition, Transfusion Services and Histocompatibility / Immunology are accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and the American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI), respectively.
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Bulletin
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is both a primary concern and a swiftly evolving issue for both healthcare providers and the general public.
Providers should be familiar with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) EVD criteria for symptoms and risk factors prior to evaluating any patient(s) or diagnosis.
Any specimens from any suspect patients would be collected and transported to a testing facility as per local health department guidelines.
Providers in Virginia should contact your local health department (LHD) if you suspect a patient has EVD. Virginia LHD contact information may be accessed at the following website: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/LHD/
Providers in North Carolina should contact their local health department or the North Carolina Communicable Disease Branch (919) 733-3419 (available 24 hours a day), to discuss testing and specimen control. Additional information from the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services may be accessed at: http://epi.ncpublichealth.com/cd/diseases/hemorrhagic.html
Sentara Laboratory Services will not collect or process specimens from any suspect EVD patient(s). In addition, please do not submit specimens for any other laboratory testing from any suspect EVD patient(s) until confirmation testing is completed by public health laboratories/CDC and the patient is cleared of EVD diagnosis.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation. For further information and timely updates, please consult the following websites:
Centers for Disease Control & Disease Prevention Ebola Resource Page
VA Department of Health Ebola Information for Healthcare Providers and Facilities
North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services
N.C. Ebola Public Information Hotline: 1-(800) 222-1222