Ionizing air affects influenza virus infectivity and prevents airborne-transmission
2015 (English)In: Scientific Reports, ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 5, no 11431Article in journal (Refereed) Published
By the use of a modified ionizer device we describe effective prevention of airborne transmitted influenza A (strain Panama 99) virus infection between animals and inactivation of virus (greater than 97%). Active ionizer prevented 100% (4/4) of guinea pigs from infection. Moreover, the device effectively captured airborne transmitted calicivirus, rotavirus and influenza virus, with recovery rates up to 21% after 40 min in a 19 m(3) room. The ionizer generates negative ions, rendering airborne particles/aerosol droplets negatively charged and electrostatically attracts them to a positively charged collector plate. Trapped viruses are then identified by reverse transcription quantitative real-time PCR. The device enables unique possibilities for rapid and simple removal of virus from air and offers possibilities to simultaneously identify and prevent airborne transmission of viruses.
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Nature Publishing Group: Open Access Journals - Option C / Nature Publishing Group , 2015. Vol. 5, no 11431
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120165DOI: 10.1038/srep11431ISI: 000356662300002PubMedID: 26101102OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-120165DiVA: diva2:841484
Funding Agencies|Swedish Research Council 2015-07-132015-07-132015-08-04