Viral & Rickettsial Disease Laboratory (VRDL) Project

Investigator: George Rutherford, MD
Sponsor: California Department of Public Health

Location(s): United States


The Viral and Rickettsial Disease Laboratory (VRDL) provides laboratory support, technical assistance, and research required for the diagnosis, investigation, and control of viral diseases and for the development and maintenance of high quality local viral laboratory services in California. VRDL also provides consultation services to the staff of local public health laboratories, State Departments of Public Health and Health Care Services, and other state agencies. For counties not having available public health laboratory services, VRDL functions as the reference and local public health laboratory in its field of expertise. As part of the Department's laboratory science training program, VRDL trains local public health laboratory personnel in state-of-the-art standardized laboratory procedures. UCSF collaborates to provide consultation for data collection and analysis for the local health departments.