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Bioterrorism Program

Laboratory response network

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The Alaska State Public Health Laboratory-Anchorage (ASPHL) serves as the primary Reference Laboratory for the Laboratory Response Network, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ASPHL has the ability to perform rapid and conventional detection and confirmatory methods for biothreat agents of concern on clinical (human and animal) environmental, and food specimens.

Lab Worker

Contact Info: 907-334-2100 (business hours) or 1-855-222-9918 (after hour pager)

ASPHL serves as a Food Emergency Response Network member laboratory.

ASPHL has established a Statewide Laboratory Response Plan and the Alaska Laboratory Response Network (AK-LRN). The plan provides the framework for interactions among the members of the AK-LRN in order to accomplish the timely laboratory-based detection and identification of biothreat agents in Alaska. The AK-LRN encompasses clinical sentinel laboratories, a non-clinical laboratory, a field screening laboratory, and a confirmatory surge capacity laboratory. ASPHL provides training, resources, and information to AK-LRN member laboratories.

Sentinel Level Clinical Laboratory Guidelines
In coordination with the CDC and the Association of Public Health Laboratories, the American Society for Microbiology developed protocols designed to assist clinical laboratories with information and techniques to rule-out microorganisms that might be suspected as agents of bioterrorism, or to refer specimens to public health laboratories for confirmation. The Sentinel Level Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Guidelines offer standardized, practical methods to aid microbiologists in ruling out critical agents and referring specimens to LRN reference laboratories for confirmation.

Threat Agents of Bioterrorism

Botulism in Alaska Monograph
Provides an overview on botulism in Alaska and guidance on specimen collection for testing at ASPHL.

Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) 5th Edition
Reference on the principles and practices of biosafety and risk assessment. 

Sentinel Level Clinical Laboratory Protocols For Suspected Biological Threat Agents And Emerging Infectious Diseases

General Information on Diseases and Causative Organisms

BT Specific information on disease and causative organisms