Laboratory Testing & Resources

Laboratory tests can help guide patient treatment, detect emerging threats, and prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance. CDC’s AR Lab Network supports nationwide lab capacity to rapidly detect antibiotic resistance and inform local responses to prevent spread and protect people.

The network closes the gap between local capabilities and the data needed to combat antibiotic resistance by providing:

  • Comprehensive lab capacity and infrastructure for antibiotic-resistant pathogens
  • Cutting-edge technology, like DNA sequencing
  • Data to drive response and prevent infections

The AR Lab Network includes labs in 50 states, five cities, and Puerto Rico, including seven regional labs and the National Tuberculosis Molecular Surveillance Center (National TB Center). This is an effort between healthcare facility labs and public health department labs, regional labs and the National TB Center, and CDC.

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Contact Information for Regional Labs

Find state public health contact information below, or by visiting CDC’s Healthcare-associated Infections website (click on a state). Email for more information about the AR Lab Network.

Central: Minnesota Department of Health Public Healthexternal icon (St. Paul, MN)

Mid-Atlantic: Maryland Public Health Laboratoryexternal icon (Baltimore, MD)

Midwest: Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygieneexternal icon (Madison, WI)

Mountain: Texas Department of State Health Services Laboratoryexternal icon (Austin, TX)

Northeast: Wadsworth Center Laboratoriesexternal icon (Albany, NY)

Southeast: Tennessee State Public Health Laboratoryexternal icon (Nashville, TN)

West: Washington State Public Health Laboratoriesexternal icon (Shoreline, WA)

National Tuberculosis Molecular Surveillance Center: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (Lansing, MI)

ARLabNetwork Map regions May19