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1 May 2006 Research Article: Re-isolation of bacteria from intentionally contaminated surfaces
Lori C. Stuart, Crosby W. Jones
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The natural habitat of the bacterium Staphylococcus is human skin and it can therefore be passed indirectly from person to person through fomites. An initial study investigating the metal push plates of 46 public restrooms throughout Angelo State University's campus for the presence of the bacterial species Staphylococcus aureus yielded evidence that the metal composing the push plates might be exerting a fairly rapid level of auto-disinfection. To test this hypothesis, studies were done to compare the re-isolation of S. aureus, S. capitis, and Salmonella typhimurium from metal and plastic surfaces intentionally contaminated with these organisms. All three organisms were more difficult to re-isolate from the metal surfaces as compared to the plastic surfaces.

Lori C. Stuart and Crosby W. Jones "Research Article: Re-isolation of bacteria from intentionally contaminated surfaces," BIOS 77(2), 47-55, (1 May 2006).[47:RAROBF]2.0.CO;2
Received: 1 September 2005; Accepted: 1 January 2006; Published: 1 May 2006
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