Public Health

The mission of the Butte County Public Health Department (BCPHD) is to protect the public through promoting individual, community, and environmental health. 

Public Health Laboratory Testing

Lab Testing
The Butte County Public Health Laboratory is dedicated to protecting the health of our many residents. Our goal is to provide accurate, precise and timely results to support County health programs and to help reduce morbidity and mortality. The Laboratory is staffed with experienced, highly trained, and State certified Public Health Microbiologists and support staff. Advanced testing capabilities are utilized to detect agents of infectious disease and other threats to the public’s health.


Laboratory Services and Fees

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Water Testing

Electrical outage and/or high water demand can result in low or negative water pressure and allow environmental contaminants to be drawn into the water system. Also failure of the well casing, pump seals or a host of other mechanical failures can lead to contamination of a well. Owners of individual wells need to be aware of precautionary measures and how to disinfect and have their well water tested by a laboratory after their water system loses pressure. The Public Health Laboratory offers water testing using the Colitag method, which tests for the presence or absence of coliform bacteria. Coliform bacteria are indicators of potential contamination of a water supply and may originate from human, animal, or soil sources.

Insect Identification

If you are unable to identify a particular insect or would like a second opinion, insect identification is offered through our Public Health Laboratory for a fee. Insects are identified on a case by case basis on a fee basis. Because there are over 900,000 different kinds of living insects that are known, the Laboratory may not always be able to identify your insect.

Tick Identification & Testing

Along with identification of tick specimens, Lyme testing is available on Deer ticks (Ixodes pacificus) also for a fee. Laboratory testing is helpful to identify the species of tick and, if the correct species of tick, to determine if it is infected with organism that causes Lyme disease.


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Butte County Public Health Clinics and Lab

Health Clinic - Chico
Phone: 530.552.3959

Health Clinic - Oroville
Phone: 530.552.3918

Lab - Chico only
Phone: 530.891.2747

For life threatening emergencies, Call 9-1-1.

Medical Director:
Dr. Lourdes Valdez, M.D.

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Butte County Public Health Clinics and Lab

Health Clinic & Lab - Chico
695 Oleander Avenue
Chico, CA 95926

Health Clinic - Oroville
78 Table Mountain Blvd.
Oroville, CA 95965

Clinic Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Except Holidays

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Public Health Department

202 Mira Loma Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

Report a Health Emergency
24-Hour Line: 530.552.4000

Danette York, MPH, Director
Dr. David Canton, Health Officer

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