Public Health Laboratory

What Public Health Laboratories Do

Public health laboratories provide life-critical services in an era when health threats can—and do—appear overnight. When new health risks emerge or well-known problems reoccur, public health laboratories analyze the threats, provide answers to mount effective responses and act with other health authorities, officials and first responders to protect citizens.

Unlike private medical laboratories that perform tests to diagnose problems afflicting individual patients, public health laboratories safeguard entire communities. In one way or another, the work of public health laboratories affects the life of every American. For example, public health laboratories:

Read more about public health laboratories: Defending the Public’s Health (pdf)

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