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Deposition of respiratory virus pathogens on frequently touched surfaces at airports

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Infectious Diseases, August 2018
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Title
Deposition of respiratory virus pathogens on frequently touched surfaces at airports
Published in
BMC Infectious Diseases, August 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12879-018-3150-5
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Authors

Niina Ikonen, Carita Savolainen-Kopra, Joanne E. Enstone, Ilpo Kulmala, Pertti Pasanen, Anniina Salmela, Satu Salo, Jonathan S. Nguyen-Van-Tam, Petri Ruutu

Abstract

International and national travelling has made the rapid spread of infectious diseases possible. Little information is available on the role of major traffic hubs, such as airports, in the transmission of respiratory infections, including seasonal influenza and a pandemic threat. We investigated the presence of respiratory viruses in the passenger environment of a major airport in order to identify risk points and guide measures to minimize transmission. Surface and air samples were collected weekly at three different time points during the peak period of seasonal influenza in 2015-16 in Finland. Swabs from surface samples, and air samples were tested by real-time PCR for influenza A and B viruses, respiratory syncytial virus, adenovirus, rhinovirus and coronaviruses (229E, HKU1, NL63 and OC43). Nucleic acid of at least one respiratory virus was detected in 9 out of 90 (10%) surface samples, including: a plastic toy dog in the children's playground (2/3 swabs, 67%); hand-carried luggage trays at the security check area (4/8, 50%); the buttons of the payment terminal at the pharmacy (1/2, 50%); the handrails of stairs (1/7, 14%); and the passenger side desk and divider glass at a passport control point (1/3, 33%). Among the 10 respiratory virus findings at various sites, the viruses identified were: rhinovirus (4/10, 40%, from surfaces); coronavirus (3/10, 30%, from surfaces); adenovirus (2/10, 20%, 1 air sample, 1 surface sample); influenza A (1/10, 10%, surface sample). Detection of pathogen viral nucleic acids indicates respiratory viral surface contamination at multiple sites associated with high touch rates, and suggests a potential risk in the identified airport sites. Of the surfaces tested, plastic security screening trays appeared to pose the highest potential risk, and handling these is almost inevitable for all embarking passengers.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 127 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 23 18%
Researcher 21 17%
Other 11 9%
Student > Master 11 9%
Student > Ph. D. Student 10 8%
Other 26 20%
Unknown 25 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 25 20%
Engineering 12 9%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 12 9%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 9 7%
Nursing and Health Professions 6 5%
Other 30 24%
Unknown 33 26%

Attention Score in Context

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#2,252
of 17,697,618 outputs
Outputs from BMC Infectious Diseases
#4
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Outputs of similar age
#56
of 283,346 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Infectious Diseases
#1
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