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This handles approximately 6000 specimens/year.  Equipment includes a BACTEC 460 TB radiometric culture instrument, floor model CO2 incubator, refrigerators, analytical balance, large capacity incubator and 2 fluorescent microscopes. 

A 15 m2 containment room houses 2 Class II Type A biosafety cabinets (BSC), a tabletop incubator, and 2 refrigerated centrifuges.  All procedures involving manipulations of TB specimens are done inside the BSC.  The lab performs routine microscopy, cultures, susceptibility testing and RFLP fingerprinting of isolates.