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Mycobacteriology

Mycobacterial Cultures
The CDC's Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE) Laboratory Branch provides services tests on mycobacterial cultures. Any local health department, licensed physician's office, licensed laboratory or licensed health care facility may submit cultures for testing but they must be routed through either their state health department or other authorized facility.
http://www.cdc.gov/tb/topic/laboratory/default.htm

Molecular Epidemiology of Tuberculosis: Current Insights
A 2006 Clinical Microbiology Reviews' article that reviews the current methods, concepts, and applications of molecular approaches used to better understand the epidemiology of TB.
B. Mathema, et al. October 2006 19: 46-65
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Method for Inactivating and Fixing Unstained Smear Preparations of Mycobacterimum tuberculosis for Improved Laboratory Safety
This 2002 Journal of Clinical Microbiology abstract states: The inactivation of smears that contain Mycobacterium tuberculosis for microscopy before removal of the material from a biosafety cabinet is an important safety factor in preventing the potential transmission of tuberculosis to laboratory workers. The fixing and inactivating properties of heat flaming, 70% ethanol, and 1, 3, and 5% phenol in ethanol for smears containing M. tuberculosis were investigated. Heat flaming failed to inactivate the smear material, whereas 5% phenol in ethanol successfully fixed and inactivated all smears containing M. tuberculosis both from concentrated sputum samples and from culture material.
P. Chedore, et al.   
J. Clin. Microbiol. November 2002 40:4077–4080.
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TB Self-Assessment Tool

Developed by the CDC and the Association of Public Health Laboratories, this tool is designed to assist laboratories in the assessment of the quality of their laboratory's TB diagnostic practices.
http://www.aphl.org/aphlprograms/infectious/tuberculosis/Pages/TB-Self-Assessment-Tool.aspx

CDC's Reference for TB Testing and Diagnosis
There are two kinds of tests that can be used to help detect TB infection – the TB skin test (TST) and TB blood tests. 
http://www.cdc.gov/tb/topic/testing/default.htm


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