Crews clean up lab that tests for diseases after water pipe bursts

Tony Briscoe, Chicago Tribune on January 07, 2018

Emergency crews are cleaning up a West Side lab that tests for potentially deadly diseases and biological agent threats after a water pipe break Sunday flooded the building, according to a health department spokeswoman.

Around 10 a.m., a water pipe burst at a building housing the Illinois Department of Public Heath Chicago Laboratory at 2121 W. Taylor St. in the Illinois Medical District neighborhood, according to department spokeswoman Divya Mohan Little. The lab is one of three in the state where the health department carries out testing for a range of health concerns, including Zika virus, Ebola, salmonella, E. coli, listeria, influenza, measles, tuberculosis, meningitis, rabies, cystic fibrosis, plague and lead poisoning.

The lab also performs testing for newborns. The other two are in Springfield and Carbondale.

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