Biodefense team develops faster, safer method of detecting anthrax

Tampa, FL (May 22, 2002) The University of South Florida Center for Biological for Defense has developed a new method to more safely and rapidly detect anthrax in powders and on surfaces.

The technique makes anthrax spores harmless to handle without destroying the spore-protected DNA needed to identify the deadly bacterium which means more laboratories could test samples and rule out negative results if another anthrax outbreak occurs.

The method will be reported today at the annual meeting of the American Society of Microbiology in Salt Lake City, UT.

"We found a way to speed up the turnaround of test results," said pathobiologist Vicki Ann Luna, PhD, a research associate at the USF Center for Biological Defense. "It would help alleviate the backlog of specimens and the long wait for results that can produce fear and anxiety."

The new sample preparation method reduces the time needed to detect even traces of anthrax from three or four days to six to eight hours, Luna said.

Last year, after inhalation anthrax killed a South Florida man and anthrax spores were found in letters, public health laboratories were inundated with "suspicious" powders and environmental swabs. In Florida, the job of testing hundreds of samples daily was limited to three of the state's public health laboratories facilities with the protective equipment and clothing needed to work with potentially deadly samples.

It quickly became obvious that a faster method was needed to safely test for the presence of anthrax spores.

Ideally, work in a Bio-Safety Level 3 facility should be limited to the initial sample preparation, and subsequent evaluation, which requires more labor and space, could be performed in a Bio-Safety Level 2 lab, said Andrew Cannons, PhD, scientific director for the USF Center for Biological Defense. This would speed up sample processing and prevent bottlenecks in workload during outbreaks, Cannons said.


Contact: Anne DeLotto Baier
University of South Florida Health

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