The state has received a multi-million dollar contract from the Centers for Disease Control to investigate tuberculosis nationwide.
Michigan will receive specimens from all 50 states to perform molecular genetic testing.
The tuberculosis genotyping will be used to help establish important links between one patient and another.
Angela Minicuci, Public Information Officer with the Michigan Department of Community Health, said the contract positions the state as not only a national leader, but global leader, as well.
“We are already a national leader in a number of things,” Minicuci said. “Because we had certain tests and equipment in place in Michigan, it placed us in position for this contract. And again, because we already are a national leader and do so much across the nation to begin with, this is just a natural fit and another great step for Michigan Public Health Laboratories.”
Minicuci said the information from the testing can lead to the discovery of unsuspected T-B cases and help prevent further spread of the illness.
Laboratories are planning to begin testing as soon as possible.