Journal Article

Measurement of Airborne Influenza Virus in a Hospital Emergency Department

Francoise M. Blachere, William G. Lindsley, Terri A. Pearce, Stacey E. Anderson, Melanie Fisher, Rashida Khakoo, Barbara J. Meade, Owen Lander, Stephen Davis, Robert E. Thewlis, Ismail Celik, Bean T. Chen and Donald H. Beezhold

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 48, issue 4, pages 438-440
Published in print February 2009 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online February 2009 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/596478
Measurement of Airborne Influenza Virus in a Hospital Emergency Department

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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.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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