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Measurement of airborne influenza virus in a hospital emergency department.
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
Clin Infect Dis 2009 Feb; 48(4):438-440
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.
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
Dr. Francoise M. Blachere, Allergy and Clinical Immunology Branch, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1095 Willowdale Rd., Morgantown, WV 26505
Issue of Publication
Clinical Infectious Diseases
West Virginia University
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