About Diagnostic Testing
The Kansas State Rabies Laboratory Is the primary diagnostic laboratory for the states of Kansas and Nebraska. The laboratory coordinates closely on all positive results with Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The laboratory tests between 1,800 and 2,500 animal specimens annually by the direct fluorescent antibody method. The laboratory further characterizes all positive specimens from KS, NE and other Midwestern states to determine the type or variant of rabies virus present in the animal.