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Persistence of category A select agents in the environment

Sinclair, Ryan and Boone, Stephanie A. and Greenberg, David and Keim, Paul S and Gerba, Charles P. (2008) Persistence of category A select agents in the environment. Applied & Environmental Microbiology, 74 (3). pp. 555-563. ISSN 1098-5336


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Publisher’s or external URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/aem.02167-07


The article represents a study which assesses the persistence of select agents on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) category A biological agent list in the environment and its implications in a terrorism response. The study suggests that the greater the long-term exposure to agents once released into the environment would be from water or fomites. Agents will persist longer than in aerosols and present the greater hazard. Moreover, aerosols are usually only a transitory medium for these agents in nature, as the organisms quickly settle out.

Item Type: Article
ID number or DOI: 10.1128/AEM.02167-07
Keywords: aerosols (Sprays); bacillus-anthracis; bacterial-populations; biological decontamination; biological warfare; biological weapons; Bioterrorism; Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (U.S.); Contamination (Technology); counterterrorism; encephalitis virus; francisella-tularensis; hazards; hemorrhagic-fever viruses; inhalation anthrax; pasteurella-tularensis; public-health management; relative humidity; water
Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Science > Biological Sciences
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2015 05:51
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/345

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