Survival of mycobacteria on N95 personal respirators.

@article{Reponen1999SurvivalOM,
  title={Survival of mycobacteria on N95 personal respirators.},
  author={Tiina Reponen and Z Wang and Klaus Willeke and Sergey A. Grinshpun},
  journal={Infection control and hospital epidemiology},
  year={1999},
  volume={20 4},
  pages={237-41}
}
OBJECTIVES The overall aim of this study was to investigate the survival and possible growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis simulant bacteria on respirator filters. METHODS Mycobacterium smegmatis was used as a biochemical simulant for M tuberculosis. Bacterial survival was tested on National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health-certified N95 respirators from three manufacturers. The first experiments simulated one-time respirator use and subsequent storage for 1 to 9 days under ideal… CONTINUE READING

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