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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
January 7, 1998

New Videotape Training Program: Recognition and Prevention of False-Positive Test Results in Mycobacteriology

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Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998American Medical AssociationThis is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

JAMA. 1998;279(1):13. doi:10.1001/jama.279.1.13-JWR0107-4-1

MMWR. 1997;46:1003

A NEW training program, consisting of a videotape and a study booklet, is designed to help laboratorians achieve accurate test results in mycobacteriology. The program, developed through a cooperative agreement between CDC and the Association of State and Territorial Public Health Laboratory Directors (ASTPHLD), discusses how to recognize conditions that may lead to false-positive results and provides strategies for eliminating or modifying these conditions. Cross-contamination issues are specifically addressed.

Additional information is available from the National Laboratory Training Network, telephone (800) 536-6586, or from ASTPHLD, telephone (202) 822-5227.