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Task Order 17: Evaluation of the TK medium: A new rapid solid culture system for TB

Task Order 17 is a prospective, laboratory-based study to evaluate the performance of the TK Medium, a new solid culture system for detection of M. tuberculosis, in clinical specimens submitted for mycobacterial evaluation. Consecutive respiratory and non-respiratory specimens will be evaluated by culture on TK Medium (and TK Selective Medium), as well as culture on conventional Lowenstein-Jensen (LJ) solid medium and culture in liquid media, e.g. BBL Mycobacterial Growth Indicator Tube (MGIT) liquid medium. The primary comparison will be between the TK Medium and the LJ medium.

Task Order 17 is on indefinite hold because of problems with the TK Medium.

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