California High School Students and Staff Screened for Tuberculosis
LA Testing provides environmental laboratory services to help protect the public from microbial pathogens and environmental hazardous.
Garden Grove, CA, January 10th, 2014
Last month, CNN published a report about the Riverside County Department of Public Health’s decision to conduct medical tests on 1,800 students and staff from Indio High School following an active case of tuberculosis. The article quotes Dr. Cameron Kaiser from the agency as stating, “The entire school is being tested out of an abundance of caution."
Tuberculosis is caused by a bacterium known as Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The organism typically attacks the lungs, but it can cause harm to many parts of the body. If left untreated or not treated properly, the disease can be fatal.
Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread through the air from person to person. It can become airborne when someone with the disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes or speaks. Anyone in close proximity could then breathe in the organism and become infected.
One California laboratory that provides testing for environmental samples of Mycobacterium tuberculosis is LA Testing. “There are rapid methods to test environmental samples for the organism,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility. “LA Testing utilizes real-time PCR, which is a cutting edge molecular technology, to detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This technique allows health officials to quickly and accurately identify the organism from environmental samples. This information can help to prevent outbreaks and assist in developing appropriate infection control procedures. Testing for Mycobacterium tuberculosis has become all the more important as multi-drug resistant and extensively drug resistant cases of TB are occurring more frequently across the globe”
LA Testing has sponsored an educational video about TB and Mycobacterium tuberculosis that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/u7o93nmgp1E
To learn more about testing for Mycobacterium tuberculosis or other microbial pathogens and contaminants, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
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LA Testing and EMSL Analytical are providers of material, environmental and indoor air quality (IAQ) testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The companies have an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies. LA Testing has multiple laboratories throughout California.