State Public Health Laboratory: Maintenance by University of Nevada School of Medicine; branch laboratories; purpose; administration; reports.
The University of Nevada School of Medicine shall maintain the State Public Health Laboratory, and may designate, establish or maintain such branch laboratories as may be necessary.
The purpose of the State Public Health Laboratory is:
To make available, at such charges as may be established, to health officials, the Director of the State Department of Agriculture and licensed physicians of the State, proper laboratory facilities for the prompt diagnosis of communicable diseases.
To make necessary examinations and analyses of water, natural ice, sewage, milk, food and clinical material.
To conduct research into the nature, cause, diagnosis and control of diseases.
To undertake such other technical and laboratory duties as are in the interest of the health of the general public.
The person in charge of the State Public Health Laboratory, or the person’s designee, must be a skilled bacteriologist.
The person in charge of the State Public Health Laboratory may have such technical assistants as that person, in cooperation with the University of Nevada School of Medicine, considers necessary.
Reports of investigations conducted at the State Public Health Laboratory may be published from time to time in bulletins and circulars.
If the University of Nevada School of Medicine designates a branch laboratory pursuant to subsection 1 that is operated or controlled by a public agency other than the University of Nevada School of Medicine, the public agency and the University of Nevada School of Medicine shall enter into a cooperative agreement pursuant to NRS 277.080 to 277.180, inclusive, concerning the branch laboratory. The cooperative agreement must include, without limitation, provisions setting forth the powers and duties of each party to the cooperative agreement.