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    Laboratory Services Section
    MC 1947
    PO Box 149347 Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 W. 49th Street
    Austin, TX 78756-3199

    Phone: (512) 776-7318
    Fax: (512) 776-7294

    Phone Us Toll Free at:
    (888) 963-7111, ext. 7318

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Laboratory Services Section


Providing comprehensive public health laboratory services

Vision: A healthy Texas

Mission: Improve health and well-being in Texas


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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.

Lab Hours

Lab Location

Business Office Hours
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
(512) 776-7318
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 p.m.
Monday - Friday
(512) 776-7598

Visit the About Our State Health Laboratory page to learn more about the Laboratory Services Section and its services.

Last updated January 08, 2016