Biothreat Response Laboratory

The Biothreat Response Laboratory (Utah’s Laboratory Response Network or LRN) at the Utah Public Health Laboratory has a dual focus:

To work with hospitals, local health departments, law enforcement and other partners to provide accurate and rapid identification of agents from environmental and clinical sources that are either naturally occurring, can be used as a weapon of mass destruction, or new and emerging agents.

To provide training and outreach to many different partners.

The Biothreat Response Lab works with local health, law enforcement and first responders to provide testing of suspicious materials for the following:
Multiple Agent Screening:
STAT Testing (24/7/365)

    Bacillus anthracis (Anthrax)
    Burkholderia mallei (Glanders)
    Burkholderia pseudomallei (Melioidosis)
    Francisella tularensis (Tularemia)
    Yersinia pestis (Plague)
    Orthopox viruses

    Ricin Toxin

This testing is done using the following technologies:

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
  • Culture (Bacterial)

If testing for any of the above listed agents/diseases is needed, please contact the lab for assistance.
801-965-2561 (normal business hours)
801-560-6586 (after hours, weekends, holidays).


Click here for the Environmental Biothreat Test Request Form