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
Clinical Infectious Diseases
West Virginia University