University of Nebraska Medical Center

Clinical Capabilities

Nebraska Public Health Laboratory

Located on the UNMC campus, the Nebraska Public Health Lab is the result of a collaboration between UNMC, Nebraska Medicine, and Nebraska’s state Department of Health and Human Services. The biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) lab became the first state public health laboratory in the U.S. to test specimens that were positive for the Ebola virus, and played a key role in the successful biocontainment care of two Ebola-infected patients in 2014. The lab was integrally involved in testing for COVID-19 in 2020.