"An integrated network of public and private clinical laboratories
working together to protect and improve the health of all Minnesotans"
The Minnesota Laboratory System
(MLS) is a statewide, voluntary network established by the Minnesota Department
of Health - Public Health Laboratory to facilitate inter-laboratory communication,
collaboration, and cooperation. Its members include public health and
private clinical laboratories, as well as veterinary and agriculture laboratories,
which serve Minnesota residents. A vital component of this system is electronic
connectivity (fax and email) among all the members. In addition to providing
a laboratory network essential for statewide emergency preparedness and
response, the MLS also plays a key role in detecting and investigating
common and emerging infectious disease outbreaks, monitoring trends in
antibiotic resistance, providing continuing education and training, establishing
safe transport of specimens, and assuring quality laboratory practice.
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