PulseNet Laboratory


Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratories
6810 SE Dwight Street
Topeka, KS 66620
Email: kdhe.microlab@ks.gov



PulseNet

Introduction

PulseNet is a national laboratory network that connects foodborne illness cases to detect outbreaks. PulseNet uses DNA fingerprinting to detect thousands of local and multistate outbreaks. Since the network began in 1996, PulseNet has improved our food safety systems through identifying outbreaks early. This allows investigators to find the source, alert the public sooner, and identify gaps in our food safety systems that would not otherwise be recognized. PulseNet USA consists of over 83 laboratories in seven regions of the United States. PulseNet USA headquarters are located at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. In Kansas, foodborne bacterial associated with outbreaks can be linked to the source using PulseNet technology. PulseNet is currently transitioning from the current technology of Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) to Whole-Genome Sequencing (WGS). The transition to WGS will provide far more data the PFGE and improve the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories' service to the citizens of Kansas.