The University of Texas Health Center at Tyler :: Public Health Lab of East Texas

Public Health Lab of East Texas (PHLET) is the LRN (Laboratory Response Network) provider for East Texas (Public Health Regions 4 & 5). We also provide influenza surveillance by Real-Time PCR and QuantiFERON TB Gold testing.

Newly Released Guidelines on testing of Specimens for Influenza A(H7N9) (click here)

Important Message Regarding the ASM Sentinel Procedures: The ASM has recently posted updates to several of the Sentinel Laboratory procedures on their website. These include procedures for Brucella, Burkholderia, Coxiella, Novel influenza viruses, Smallpox, SEB toxin, and Francisella tularensis. Please take a moment to review and replace any printed copies of these procedures you may have on hand and share with any pertinent personnel. The updated procedures can be found at http://www.asm.org/index.php/guidelines/sentinel-guidelines" rel="external". If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us by email or at 903.877.5071. Thank you!

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Important Notice Regarding Quantiferons:

  • To All Quantiferon Clients,

    RE: Quanitferon testing and fees

    Please ensure you are using our newest submission form when submitting specimens.

    A few important steps to remember when drawing quantiferon tubes:

    1. Check the expiration dates of your tubes. Do not use expired tubes. Call PHLET for new tubes.
    2. Draw tubes according to the enclosed document: “Quantiferon TB Gold InTube Collection Procedure”.

    Finally, our fee for Quantiferon testing will be changing effective June 16, 2014 to $80.00 per test.

    We appreciate your business your business. Please call PHLET at 903-877-5071 if you have any questions.
Main Phone Number:
(903) 877-5071
Fax Number:
(903) 877-5259
24/7 Number:
(903) 312-3537

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CONTACT US AT 903-877-5071 OR 903-312-3537 BEFORE SUBMITTING ANY SPECIMEN FOR A BIOTERRORISM (BT) AGENT RULE-OUT.

Documents required for specimen submission to PHLET for a BT agent rule-out:

NEW! Guidance document from the Select Agent Program on preparing Shipper’s Declarations

If you need any assistance in completing these forms or determining which form requires completion, please contact us at (903) 877-5071.

Useful resources for sentinel laboratories: