Baton Rouge – In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Department of Health and Hospitals—Office of Public Health’s Laboratory in New Orleans is closed indefinitely.  Until further notice, all newborn screening (PKU) specimens will be sent to the OPH Laboratory in Shreveport.

The address is:  Shreveport Regional Laboratory, P. O. Box 3561, Shreveport, LA  71133.

The Office of Public Health is making arrangements to forward the specimens to another state public health laboratory for analysis.  Details will be announced when arrangements are finalized.

For more health and safety information after Hurricane Katrina contact the Emergency Operations Center at 225-763-5754 or visit