Under a low magnification of 41x, this 2007 scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicted the fibrous configuration of a plain uninoculated rayon swab. This swab, as well as three other materials, including macrofoam (see PHIL 9736, 9737, 9738), polyester (see PHIL 9735), and cotton (see PHIL 9732, 9733) were scanned for a CDC study involving their efficiency in recovery of Bacillus anthracis
bacterial spores from steel coupons that had been inoculated with a spore suspension of known concentration. The article discussing the description of this swab material analysis, and the analytical results was published in Emerging Infectious Diseases
, Vol. 10, No. 6, June, 2004, and was entitled, Swab Materials and Bacillus anthracis Spore Recovery from Nonporous Surfaces
. A link to this article is found below.