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PulseNet Participants

Who participates in PulseNet USA?

PulseNet includes public health laboratories in all 50 states (including the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico) and food regulatory laboratories within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

	USA map showing 83 federal, regional, state, and local laboratories divided into seven regions that make up PulseNet. There is at least one PulseNet laboratory in every state.

The CDC-managed Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) Cooperative Agreement and the CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) provides states with partial funding for PulseNet. Local, state, and federal agencies also support the network to varying degrees, but gaps in the system remain because of limited resources and competing priorities.

What is PulseNet International?

PulseNet International, which spans more than 80 countries, was born from the success of PulseNet USA. Similar networks have been established in Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Asia Pacific region, the Middle East, and Africa. These networks collaborate with each other and with PulseNet USA.

PulseNet International’s mission is to save lives and to reduce the social and economic burden linked to foodborne and waterborne infections. Ultimately, our goal is for laboratories worldwide to share information in real time to improve surveillance for foodborne and waterborne diseases and notifications of emerging pathogens or acts of bioterrorism.