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Water Res. 2003 May;37(9):2063-72.

Precision and accuracy of an assay for detecting Ascaris eggs in various biosolid matrices.

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA.


This paper presents quality assurance data and quality control data on the recovery of Ascaris suum eggs from various biosolid matrices: acid-treated, alkaline-treated, amended-soil blended, and lagoon stored biosolids. Over a period of years, the same procedure, the "Tulane Method," was performed on different matrices, and in this work, the data collected on the recovery of the eggs from the different matrices is examined and compared. The egg recoveries are discussed in terms of precision (the comparison of the recovery of eggs from a sample processed in duplicate) and in terms of accuracy (the percentage of eggs recovered from a sample to which eggs were added at the beginning of the extraction procedure). This form of quality analysis/control is typically called the "Split/Spike" method. This method of biosolid processing for helminth egg recovery had an overall accuracy of about 60% or greater and a percent variation from the mean density (an indirect method of assessing precision) of only 3-35%.

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