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One way to get governments to think more about microbes in the built environment

The Washington Post reports that Legionnaire’s bacteria found throughout Hong Kong’s new government headquarters.  This article reminds me of something I have been meaning to post here previously.  I think one of the best ways to get the government here in the US to think more about microbes in the built environment would be to survey the microbes in various government buildings.  I think it actually would also possibly spark some interest from the public (e.g., if we surveyed the White House for example).  I wonder – if one took a tour of the White House would it be “legal” to collect some microbial samples during the tour?

 
White House 06.02.08

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