Hawaii Poised to Become the First State to Adopt a State Microbe, Possibly Elevating Awareness of Clinical and Microbiology Laboratories

Distinction of “official state microbe” could raise awareness of microbiology among students

Not many pathologists or clinical laboratory managers know that a race is on to become the first state to adopt a specific bacterium as the official state microbe. Wisconsin tried and failed. Now Hawaii is in the race for the distinction.

Just weeks ago, on March 6, 2012, Hawaii’s House of Representatives passed House Bill HB2079. This is a bill that would recognize the bacterium Nesiotobacter exalbescens as the state’s official microbe. This puts Hawaii in the running to be first to officially recognize a state microbe.