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166 Detection of a Simulated Infectious Agent

166 Detection of a Simulated Infectious Agent

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An infectious outbreak requires prompt & accurate identification of the biological agent. Often, early clinical symptoms are first identified in exposed individuals & then infectious agents are identified by lab tests.

In this experiment, students will transmit a simulated infectious agent (chemical dye) between classmates which is only visible under long UV light. The pattern of transmission and primary source will be documented.

Kit includes: instructions, reagents for simulating an infectious agent (fluorescent dye indicator and negative sample), test tubes & caps, transfer pipettes, one long UV mini-light, cotton swabs, petroleum jelly, gloves.

Time required: 30-45 minutes.

For 25 students.