Observations on the migration of bacillus spores outside a contaminated facility during a decontamination efficacy study
The potential for an intentional wide-area or indoor release of Bacillus anthracis spores remains a concern, but the fate and transport of B. anthracis spores in indoor and outdoor environments are not well understood. Some studies have examined the possibility of spore transport within ventilation systems and in buildings and transport into a building following an outdoor release. Little research exists regarding the potential for spores to migrate to the outside of a building following an indoor release.
Bacillus species spores have the potential to remain viable in the soil for many years. Lasting environmental contamination following a release is a possibility, and planning for site characterization and remediation activities should consider both indoor-to-outdoor spore transport and outdoor soil as potential exposure pathways.
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|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Observations on the migration of bacillus spores outside a contaminated facility during a decontamination efficacy study|
|Series title||Journal of Bioterrorism & Biodefense|
|Contributing office(s)||St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center|
|Description||Article 1000135, 7 p.|
|Online Only (Y/N)||N|
|Additional Online Files (Y/N)||N|