Cross-Contamination of Clinical Specimens with Bacillus anthracis During a Laboratory Proficiency Test -- Idaho, 2006

Bartschi, J.; Hahn, C.; Tengelsen, L.; DeLong, W.; Lee, J.; Mottice, S.; Meyer, R.; Coombs, J.
September 2008
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;9/12/2008, Vol. 57 Issue 36, p993
The article discusses reports about the cross-contamination of clinical specimens with Baccilus anthracis during a laboratory proficiency test in Idaho in 2006. Investigations showed that the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories conducted a sentinel laboratory proficiency testing exercise including specimens with the Sterne strain of Baccilus anthracis. With this, it is recommended that proper laboratory practices must be followed to minimize cross-contamination.


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