Outreach Information and Activities
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Antimicrobial Resistance Information
The emergence in Michigan of the first VRSA (vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) in 2002 has focused world attention on antimicrobial resistance and the overuse of antibiotics as important public health issues. Currently, the identification of carbapenemases and other novel mechanisms which confer pan-resistance are a challenge for laboratories.
MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories serves as a reference laboratory for identification of novel resistance genes. It also supports Michigan clinical/sentinel laboratories in their detection of antimicrobial resistance by providing microbiologists with updates and guidance documents on current recommendations and best practices.
MDHHS Biosafety, Laboratory Outreach firstname.lastname@example.org
Laboratory Response Network (LRN)
The Laboratory Response Network is comprised of laboratories throughout the nation which are capable of analyzing or referring specimens that may contain microbial agents or biological toxins. They include clinical, veterinary, environmental, food, agriculture, and public health laboratories that serve as sentinels for agents that may threaten the public's health.