By Culturekiosque Staff
LONDON, 8 JANUARY 2014 Anatomy and mortuary staff face a risk
of contracting infectious disease when exposed to human remains and new
research in Clinical
Anatomy reveals that Mycobacterium tuberculosi (MTB) can
survive within the host up to 36 days after death.
The transfer and handling of a corpse expels air from the lungs, which
poses a clear risk for airborne pathogens. To examine this threat, lung
tissue samples, both apical and hilar, were obtained from 20 cadavers
whose death certificate indicated MTB as cause of death. The first sample
was taken before embalming and second set three weeks after embalming.
The tissue analysis results demonstrated that both the apical and the
perihilar samples tested positive prior to embalming, 36 days after death.
After three weeks post-embalming none tested positive. These results
highlight the need for precautionary measures and for standard operating
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Viola: Frustrated Actions and Futile Gestures
120 pages, 104
240mm x 190mm
A handsomely illustrated catalogue for Bill Violas 2013 show at
Blain|Southern, Frustrated Actions and Futile Gestures.
Features an introduction by Mario Codognato, Blain|Southerns Head Curator
and Director of Exhibitions, and edited by Kira Perov.
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