The department shall:
(1) Maintain a surveillance system for monitoring antibiotic resistant disease that may include:
(a) Development of a sentinel network of laboratories to provide information regarding antibiotic resistant disease; and
(b) Sample checks with health care providers, clinics, and hospitals regarding antibiotic resistant disease.
(2) Encourage submission of appropriate clinical specimens from a sample of patients with antibiotic resistant disease to the Washington state public health laboratories or other laboratory approved by the state health officer.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050, 43.70.545 and 70.24.125. 00-23-120, § 246-101-630, filed 11/22/00, effective 12/23/00.]