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October 30, 2023

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PHOTO RELEASE: Maryland Department of Health celebrates the Maryland Public Health Laboratory’s 125th anniversary

Baltimore, MD — The Maryland Department of Health today hosted a celebration to honor the 125th anniversary of the Maryland Public Health Laboratory. The laboratory is one of the longest-running public health labs in the U.S. and the Department’s oldest continuously operating unit. Since 1898, the laboratory has grown from one employee with $2,500 in funding to 230 scientists and support staff across 13 specialty divisions. The state public health laboratory has a rich history of focusing on population health through diagnostic and reference testing and research to provide statewide, regional and national disease surveillance and emergency response support.   


Maryland Department of Health Secretary Dr. Laura Herrera Scott gives remarks highlighting the longevity of the state’s public health laboratory 


Maryland Department of Health Secretary Dr. Laura Herrera Scott and Maryland Public Health Laboratory Director Dr. Robert Meyers showcase the Governor's Proclamation celebrating 125 years of commitment, science and service 


Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman honors the employees of the Maryland Public Health Laboratory 

More information about the Maryland Public Health Laboratory is available at health.maryland.gov/laboratories/Pages/-About-The-Labs.aspx 


The Maryland Department of Health is dedicated to protecting and improving the health and safety of all Marylanders through disease prevention, access to care, quality management and community engagement.

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