When new health risks emerge, the Vermont Department of Health analyzes the threats and provides that information to health authorities, first responders, and other officials who can use it to mount an effective response to protect citizens.

The Vermont Department of Health Laboratory (VDHL) assists with responding to new and emerging public health threats such as an unknown infectious organism or an environmental contaminant that has been determined to impact human health. 

VDHL’s response may range from providing information on available tests, arranging for collection of samples and submitting the samples to a designated laboratory or implementing the test method in-house.