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Accession Number PB2013-100161
Title Anthrax: DHS Faces Challenges in Validating Methods for Sample Collection and Analysis.
Publication Date Jul 2012
Media Count 114p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract A workgroup--led by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and made up of DHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)--has attempted to address GAO's recommendations to (1) validate environmental sampling methods for detecting Bacillus anthracis and (2) conduct studies to develop probability-based sampling approaches for indoor environments. This workgroup has taken some actions to validate environmental sampling methods (collection, transportation, preparation, analysis) and develop statistically based sampling approaches that will provide confidence statements when test results are negative. These activities were projected to be completed by fiscal year 2013, but delays are now expected.
Keywords Anthrax
Bacillus anthracis
Bacterial diseases
Biological detection
Biological warfare agents
Federal agencies
Infectious diseases
Sampling methods

Source Agency General Accounting Office
NTIS Subject Category 57K - Microbiology
74D - Chemical, Biological, & Radiological Warfare
Corporate Author Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1301
Contract Number N/A

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