Evaluation of a macrofoam swab protocol for the recovery of Bacillus anthracis spores from a steel surface.

@article{Hodges2006EvaluationOA,
  title={Evaluation of a macrofoam swab protocol for the recovery of Bacillus anthracis spores from a steel surface.},
  author={Lisa R Hodges and Laura J. Rose and Alicia A Peterson and Judith A Noble-Wang and Matthew J. Arduino},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  year={2006},
  volume={72 6},
  pages={4429-30}
}
A protocol to recover Bacillus anthracis spores from a steel surface using macrofoam swabs was evaluated for its accuracy, precision, reproducibility, and limit of detection. Macrofoam swabs recovered 31.7 to 49.1% of spores from 10-cm2 steel surfaces with a < or =32.7% coefficient of variation in sampling precision and reproducibility for inocula of > or =38 spores.