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Measurement of airborne influenza virus in a hospital emergency department.

Authors
Blachere-FM; Lindsley-WG; Pearce-TA; Anderson-SE; Fisher-M; Khakoo-R; Meade-BJ; Lander-O; Davis-S; Thewlis-RE; Celik-I; Chen-BT; Beezhold-DH
Source
Clin Infect Dis 2009 Feb; 48(4):438-440
NIOSHTIC No.
20035002
Abstract
Size-fractionated aerosol particles were collected in a hospital emergency department to test for airborne influenza virus. Using real-time polymerase chain reaction, we confirmed the presence of airborne influenza virus and found that 53% of detectable influenza virus particles were within the respirable aerosol fraction. Our results provide evidence that influenza virus may spread through the airborne route.
Keywords
Viral-diseases; Viral-infections; Quantitative-analysis; Biological-agents; Biological-effects; Biological-transport; Immune-system-disorders; Infectious-diseases; Viral-diseases; Viral-infections; Contagious-diseases; Air-sampling; Airborne-particles
Contact
Dr. Francoise M. Blachere, Allergy and Clinical Immunology Branch, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1095 Willowdale Rd., Morgantown, WV 26505
CODEN
CIDIEL
Publication Date
20090215
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
FBlachere@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-009037
Issue of Publication
8
ISSN
1058-4838
NIOSH Division
HELD
Source Name
Clinical Infectious Diseases
State
WV
Performing Organization
West Virginia University
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