Thursday, September 3, 2009

State diagnostic labs closing

Due to budgetary issues, the Maryland Department of Agriculture is closing three of its diagnostic laboratories: College Park, Oakland, and Centreville.

Effective September 8, 2009, livestock samples, specimens, and live or dead animals from the entire state and non-commercial poultry samples from the Western Shore should be sent or delivered directly to the Frederick Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory.

The address of the Frederick laboratory is:

1840 Rosemont Avenue
Frederick, MD 21702
Phone: (301) 600-1548
Fax: (301) 600-6111

There may be some delays in ELISA testing between today and September 15, as equipment is still being moved from College Park to the Frederick Lab.

Source: Maryland Department of Agriculture, September 1, 2009.

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