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    Biosafety Outreach for Sentinel Laboratories

    About Biosafety Outreach

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    ​The Maryland Department of Health Laboratories Administration serves as a reference laboratory for CDC’s Laboratory Response Network (LRN).  The mission of the LRN is defined on the CDC website as: “The LRN  is a national security asset that, with its partners, will develop, maintain and strengthen an integrated domestic and international network of laboratories to respond quickly to biological and chemical threats a​nd other high priority public health emergencies needs through training, rapid testing, timely notification and secure messaging of laboratory results”

    The MDH Laboratories Administration, in its role as an Advanced Level Reference Laboratory, provides resources to the Sentinel Laboratories through their Biosafety Outreach Program and the Office of Laboratory Emergency Preparedness and Response (OLEPR). In an effort to better serve the Sentinel Laboratories in the State of Maryland in their biosafety needs, we have established this webpage with appropriate links, resources, and contact information for the Lab Administration. 

    Sentinel Laboratories are the foundation of the LRN and play an important role in early detection of biological agents by providing routine diagnostic services, rule-out, and referral steps in their identification process.