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Detection of airborne rhinovirus and its relation to outdoor air supply in office environments.

Authors
Myatt-TA; Johnston-SL; Zuo-Z; Wand-M; Kebadze-T; Rudnick-S; Milton-DK
Source
Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2004 Jun; 169(11):1187-1190
NIOSHTIC No.
20029307
Abstract
Rhinoviruses are major causes of morbidity in patients with respiratory diseases; however, their modes of transmission are controversial. We investigated detection of airborne rhinovirus in office environments by polymerase chain reaction technology and related detection to outdoor air supply rates. We sampled air from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. each workday, with each sample run for 1 work week. We directly extracted RNA from the filters for nested reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction analysis of rhinovirus. Nasal lavage samples from building occupants with upper respiratory infections were also collected. Indoor carbon dioxide (CO2 concentrations were recorded every 10 minutes as a surrogate for outdoor air supply. To increase the range of CO2 concentrations, we adjusted the outdoor air supply rates every 3 months. Generalized additive models demonstrated an association between the probability of detecting airborne rhinovirus and a weekly average CO2 concentration greater than approximately 100 ppm, after controlling for covariates. In addition, one rhinovirus from a nasal lavage contained an identical nucleic acid sequence similar to that in the building air collected during the same week. These results suggest that occupants in buildings with low outdoor air supply may have an increased risk of exposure to infectious droplet nuclei emanating from a fellow building occupant.
Keywords
Respiratory-infections; Respiratory-system-disorders; Bronchial-asthma; Aerosols; Aerosol-sampling; Air-sampling; Pulmonary-system-disorders
Contact
Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts 02115-6021
CODEN
AJCMED
Publication Date
20040601
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
850954
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-003694
Issue of Publication
11
ISSN
1073-449X
Priority Area
Work Environment and Workforce: Indoor Environment
Source Name
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
State
MA
Performing Organization
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
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