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The National Laboratory Response Network (LRN) consists of local, state and federal public health, clinical, agricultural, veterinary, and environmental testing laboratories. The LRN is designed to provide a coordinated and rapid response to biological and chemical terrorism, emerging infectious diseases, and other public health emergencies.

The Vermont LRN works to:

  • coordinate biological and chemical LRN activities within the State of Vermont between the Health Department and its partners, including first responders, law enforcement and other state and federal public health entities;

  • assist hospital sentinel laboratories by providing training and support in specimen collection, storage, and shipment, evidence-control measures and recognition of chemical and biological terrorism agents; and

  • maintain an integrated laboratory network that promotes statewide laboratory connection and communication.

More information from the CDC on the LRN