Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory team poses in the lab.

By Jody DeVoll, advisor, communications, APHL

Jeremy Corrigan, Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory manager, was having a quiet Tuesday morning when he received a call from a member of the local hazmat team. Workers processing mail at a nearby California state prison had found envelopes containing an unidentified white powder, and samples were being sent to the lab for testing. Meanwhile, 116 prison workers were under quarantine at the prison.

Fortunately, the Humboldt County laboratory was well prepared and equipped to handle this sort of request. As a member of the Laboratory Response Network for Biological Threats, the national laboratory …read more