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Fecal and Skin-Borne Bacteria Found on California’s BART Transit System


LA Testing offers environmental testing services for harmful microbial contaminants that can cause illnesses.

Pasadena, CA

More than just the 330,000 commuters ride the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system each day. Last month it was reported in The Bay Citizen in the article “BART Seat: Where Bacteria Blossom” that testing of fabric seats on BART has revealed a host of potentially harmful microbial contaminants.

The publication commissioned analysis of what lay hidden in a random seat. According to the news report, “Fecal and skin-borne bacteria resistant to antibiotics were found in a seat on a train headed from Daly City to Dublin/Pleasanton. Further testing on the skin-borne bacteria showed characteristics of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, the drug-resistant bacterium that causes potentially lethal infections…” The report goes on to state that high concentrations of at least 9 strains of bacteria and mold were found on the seat.

LA Testing, an affiliate of EMSL Analytical, is one of the leading providers of environmental analyses to identify harmful microbial pathogens. “Drug resistant microbes, such as MRSA, C. diff and others pose a real threat to the general public,” reported Ben Sublasky, National Director of Client Services for LA Testing and EMSL Analytical. “Touching surfaces with staph bacteria, such as MRSA, is one of the major ways that people can potentially develop infections. Environmental testing services from LA Testing can help identify dangerous pathogens through surface and air testing to help identify public threats. Identifying their presence is an important step in stopping the spread of these organisms. It can also help to identify what surfaces may offer better solutions that prevent the harboring of these dangerous pathogens that can cause death in extreme cases,” he continued.

LA Testing has multiple locations across California that provide these crucial environmental and indoor air quality (IAQ) testing solutions for public health agencies, industry, as well residential and commercial properties. To learn more please visit, email or call (800) 303-0047.

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