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Welcome to the August 2021 Edition of NPHL E-News!
Updates from The Nebraska Public Health Laboratory (NPHL), featuring one or more articles each month. NPHL shares important laboratory and public health information, keeping all clinical laboratories up to date about issues in Nebraska and around the world.
Surveillance of Diarrheagenic E. coli Pathotypes
By Sadie Oppegard, MPH, Epidemiology Surveillance Coordinator

Escherichia coli are gram-negative bacteria that are normal flora within the gastrointestinal tract. Strains of E. coli can become pathogenic by acquiring certain virulence factors (or mechanisms of disease). Pathogenic E. coli can be categorized into six groups known as pathotypes...
Delta Variant is concerning 
By Baha Abdalhamid MD, PhD, D(ABMM)
Assistant Professor Department of Pathology and Microbiology, UNMC
The Nebraska Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) continues to be a leader in Nebraska and the nation to perform SARS-CoV-2 whole genome sequencing using an automated ClearLabs Dx next-generation sequencing (NGS) platform. NPHL has detected all COVID-19 variants of concern in Nebraska to include...
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