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Classification Scenario 4

A culture of Mycobacterium tuberculosis is to be sent to the Public Health Laboratory. FedEx will be picking up the package. What classification should be used for appropriate packaging and labeling?

Working through the Classification Decision Tree, you can conclude that this is a UN 2814, Category A infectious substance affecting humans. Mycobacterium tuberculosis (culture only) is a category A substance.

Category A infectious substances indicative list [click to view / print]

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