The Hot Zone

Why did the decon team set out patches of Bacillius subtilis niger spores?

"A Bad Day", "Decon", or "The Most Dangerous Strain"

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Niger spores were set out to access the success of their decon job. From the text;

At various places inside the monkey house, they set out patches of paper saturated with spores of a harmless bacterium known as Bacillus subtilis niger. These spores are hard to kill. It is believed that a decon job that kills niger will kill almost anything.

Preston, Richard (2012-03-14). The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus (p. 353). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.