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Nation's Laboratory Response Network Marks First Decade of Protecting Public Health
Date:3/30/2009

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In 2003, the LRN added a chemical component, the Laboratory Response Network for Chemical Terrorism Preparedness, or LRN-C. Sixty-two state, territorial and metropolitan public health laboratories at three levels of capability now participate in the LRN-C.

Development of a radiological component of the LRN awaits availability of funding. Currently the CDC is pursuing newer and more rapid methods to analyze clinical specimens for radioactive materials.

"The gap in radiological capability is a serious concern," stated APHL President Frances Downes, DrPH, director of the Michigan Public Health Laboratory. "As a laboratory first responder, the LRN must position itself strategically to respond to emerging threats, whether they be the next SARS or chemical terrorism or a dirty bomb. We can't assume that the threats of the next ten years will all be biological."

The Association of Public Health Laboratories is a national non-profit located in Silver Spring, MD, that is dedicated to working with members to strengthen governmental laboratories with a public health mandate. By promoting effective programs and public policy, APHL strives to provide public health laboratories with the resources and infrastructure needed to protect the health of US residents and to prevent and control disease globally.


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