Duke University researchers have developed a method of bioaerosol sampling to detect airborne viruses at airports and other mass transit areas.
The intention is that their environmental sampling technique will be able to detect viruses quickly and accurately in high-risk, densely populated settings and help inform outbreak prevention efforts.
As part of the study (the first of its kind to be conducted in the US), the researchers set up bioaerosol samplers during periods of peak activity in the departure gates and baggage-claim areas of Raleigh-Durham International Airport. In 12 sessions over a two-month period, they collected 72 samples and found evidence of influenza D in one sample, as well as adenovirus in three others.
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