CDC is creating a network of Regional Labs to coordinate action to combat antibiotic resistance (AR), and outbreak response. Regional responsibilities include:
- Idaho and Montana: Texas Department of State Health Services Laboratory, Austin TX
- All other NW16 and NW18 states: Washington State Public Health Laboratories, Shoreline WA
All Regional Labs will coordinate genetic testing and response to CRE, MRSA, VRSA, and VRE. Responsibilities for other specific pathogens include:
- C.diff, S.pneumoniae, Salmonella, E.coli: Minnesota Department of Health Public Health Laboratory, St. Paul MN
- Candida and N.gonorrhoeae: Washington State Public Health Laboratories, Shoreline WA
CDC is also providing additional support for AR to all State Health Departments, and the Los Angeles County Health Department, to facilitate faster identification and response to outbreaks, and rapid identification of known markers for AR. Every State Health Department lab will be able to test for CRE and perform whole genome sequencing on Salmonella, Shigella and Campylobacter.
For full details see http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/solutions-initiative/ar-lab-networks.html#about .