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Miami Testing Laboratory Adds CDC ELITE Certification for Legionella Testing

EMSL Analytical, Inc. recognizes its Miami laboratory for CDC ELITE Certification.


EMSL Analytical, Inc. is proud to announce that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has certified EMSLís Miami laboratory for†Legionella†testing through the CDC ELITE Program. The Miami laboratory is EMSLís 20th location, throughout the United States and Canada, to achieve the distinction of becoming a CDC ELITE†Legionella†testing laboratory.

Legionella†can cause a very serious form of pneumonia known as Legionnairesí disease, which often has long-term health effects such as cognitive decline and debilitating fatigue long after the patient is released from the hospital.†Legionella†can also cause a less serious flu-like illness known as Pontiac Fever.

ďEMSL also performs Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing for†Legionella†at its Cinnaminson, New Jersey location, which is a suburban Philadelphia laboratory,Ē said Christopher Goulah, Ph.D.,†Legionella†Technical Manager at EMSL Analytical, Inc. ďWe are the only commercial testing laboratory in the country that offers PCR testing for†L. pneumophila,†L. pneumophila†serotype 1 and†Legionella†spp. in one PCR test.†We also perform Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) for outbreak source investigations involving all species and serotypes of†Legionella

Along with†Legionella†testing, EMSLís Miami laboratory offers asbestos and microbiology testing services. The laboratory is certified by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) for fungal testing of air, bulk and surface samples through the Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Accreditation Program (EMLAP). The laboratory is an AIHA-LAP, LLC Environmental Microbiology Proficiency Analytical Testing (EMPAT) participant for fungi and Industrial Hygiene Proficiency Analytical Testing (IHPAT) participant for asbestos.

In addition, EMSLís Miami laboratory is accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) for bulk and airborne asbestos analysis. The laboratory is accredited by the State of Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Public Health Laboratories for asbestos testing in drinking water.

To learn more about†Legionella†and our testing services, please visit EMSL also supplies free†Legionella†pocket guides, which provides valuable information about the bacteria as well as sampling techniques. To request a free copy, please†click here.

For service questions, please contact EMSLís Christopher Goulah, Ph.D., for expert information at 1-800-220-3675 extension 1407 or Diane Miskowski, MPH, at 1-800-220-3675 extension 2528. To view a complete list of EMSLís laboratory locations, accreditations and capabilities, please visit For more information about EMSLís testing services, please email† †or call (800) 220-3675.

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical, Inc. is one of the leading testing laboratories with 40 locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria,†Legionella, USP 797, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOCís, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at††for a complete listing of accreditations.† In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.

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