• Innovative “invisible ink” detects TB

    Professor Bavesh Kana and his team at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS), Johannesburg, together with international researchers have pioneered an innovative process to detect TB bacteria by adding a molecule to the bacteria’s own protective layer that illuminates under fluorescent light.   In a paper published in Science Translational Medicine, the team report that Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) specifically can be detected...


    02 March 2018
  • Situation report on Listeriosis Outbreak, South Africa, 2017

    Date of issue: 04 December 2017 Report issued by: Centre for Enteric Diseases (CED) and Division of Public Health Surveillance and Response, Outbreak Response Unit (ORU), National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD)/ National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS). Note: Data is the best available at time of publication, and is updated on an ongoing basis. Read more Frequently Asked Questions - Listeriosis Listeriosis Clinical Guidelines


    05 December 2017
  • Statement from the NICD/NHLS for World AIDS Day 2017

    The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), which falls under  the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS), commemorated World Aids Day on Wednesday 29 November at the PRF Auditorium, Sandringham, Johannesburg. This was in the form of a panel discussion themed “My Health, My Right.” Prof Adrian Puren issued a statement summarizing the situation in South Africa as follows.   There are worldwide efforts to eradicate HIV/AIDS by 2030. This is an ambitious...


    01 December 2017
  • Introduction to GeneXpert MTB/RIF Ultra

    In December 2010, the World Health Organisation (WHO) endorsed the GeneXpert instrument using the Xpert MTB/RIF cartridge for the diagnosis of Tuberculosis (TB). A more sensitive cartridge, GeneXpert MTB/RIF Ultra, is now available. The Ultra test increases the detection of TB cases, particularly amongst patients living with HIV, using the same specimen types, specimen volumes, current GeneXpert instrumentation platforms, and the same specimen processing protocols. Recently a multi-centre...


    19 September 2017
  • State-of-the-Art Automated Pathology Laboratory launched

    The National Health Laboratory Service’s (NHLS) laboratory based at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (CMJAH) officially launched the newly automated pathology laboratory on Tuesday 20 June 2017. This new acquisition to the laboratory will ensure that the organisation is able to provide state-of-the-art diagnostic services to the hospital with improved turnaround times and efficiency gains with very low wastage. The event was attended by representatives from the...


    22 June 2017