BURLINGTON, N.C. (WNCN) — A North Carolina company said it will become the first national lab with a test for monkeypox.

Labcorp said it would begin testing Wednesday using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s orthopoxvirus test that detects all non-smallpox-related orthopoxviruses, including monkeypox.

“The ability of commercial labs to test for monkeypox is a key pillar in our comprehensive strategy to combat this disease,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said. “This will not only increase testing capacity but will make it more convenient for providers and patients to access tests by using existing provider-to-lab relationships.”

The Burlington-based company said it is the first national lab to offer the PCR test as well as the first with an option that is more automated.

“Labcorp appreciates the opportunity to support the CDC in its efforts to keep the public safe and manage the monkeypox outbreak,” said Dr. Brian Caveney, the chief medical officer and president of Labcorp Diagnostics.

Caveney said the company will conduct all of its monkeypox testing in North Carolina to start, but will “have the capacity to expand to other locations nationwide should the need arise.”

Labcorp said it will be able to processs 10,000 tests per week if needed — double the current capacity of the CDC’s Laboratory Response Network.

People needing a test will go to their health care provider to have a sample collected, and because the test is available on Labcorp’s menu, those providers can order the orthopoxvirus test from the company the same way they would order any other test.

The CDC said anyone with a rash that looks like monkeypox should talk to their health care provider.