From Bioscience World, Autumn 2001
Bioaerosol sampling with the SAS air sampler verifies possible airborne transmission during epidemiological investigations and evaluates engineering controls. Tuberculosis (TB), caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, spreads when a person with active TB of the lungs or throat coughs, laughs or sneezes. This bacterium penetrates the lungs and disperses through the bloodstream or organs, such as kidney, brain and spine.
Typically, a person infected with the TB bacteria fights off infections and the bacteria become inactive. These bacteria become activated when the immune system weakens as with HIV patients. For information on monitoring Mycobacterium tuberculosis contact Bioscience International for Application Note 99/11.
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