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A healthy Texas
Mission: Improve health and well-being in Texas
DSHS Laboratory Rules:
Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 73
Important information regarding chikungunya and dengue specimen submission
Chikungunya and dengue PCR is now available at the DSHS laboratory. Please see the Chikungunya and Dengue PCR and Serology Specimen Criteria for important specimen submission information. Note: Dengue serology testing is available at DSHS; however, chikungunya serology testing can only be performed at the CDC. Specimens with completed travel history and date of onset for chikungunya serology will be forwarded to CDC.
Mumps IgM Antibody Test discontinued on December 1, 2015
Effective Dec. 1, 2015, the Mumps IgM Antibody test will no longer be offered at the DSHS Laboratory due to unavailability of reagents; however, the Laboratory will continue to offer Mumps IgG Antibody and Mumps PCR testing. Please refer to our Laboratory Testing Services Manual for appropriate specimen types and shipping conditions.
ICD-10 implemented on October 1, 2015
Effective Oct. 1, 2015, DSHS Laboratory submitters must provide the appropriate ICD-10 code(s) for the laboratory (human) testing services requested. As a reminder, required fields for each laboratory specimen submission form are clearly marked with a double asterisk ** and/or the word “REQUIRED.” Failure to complete all required fields may result in the submitter being billed for the testing service, regardless of the payor selected.
More information on the ICD transition can be found on the DSHS ICD-10 pages.
Business Office Hours
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fax (512) 776-7294
1100 West 49th Street
Austin, Texas 78756
Directions | Campus Map
Signs directing you to laboratory specimen receiving are located at the entrances
to the DSHS parking area from Grover Street, North Loop, and Sunshine Drive.
Laboratory Specimen Receiving is located in a seven-story beige brick building.
The specimen receiving department is on the north side of building. The entrance is at the far dock designated
as “Laboratory Specimen Receiving.”
Specimen Receiving Hours
8:00 a.m. - 5:00
Monday - Friday
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Services Section and its services.