Sampling of Human Pathogenic Viruses from Air by Gelatin Membrane Filters and Subsequent Detection by PCR Analysis

Outbreaks of infectious diseases represent an important global public health issue but also pose far reaching challenges and threats to global economies and healthcare systems. Viral infections without antiviral treatments are particularly menacing, hence understanding infection sources and routes of transmission and how these contribute to the spread of disease can facilitate effective prevention and adoption of control measures.

Currently, the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates the importance of insights regarding transmission as well as infectiveness of human pathogenic viruses over time and space. Besides inhalation of liquid droplets, close contact with infected persons or contact with contaminated surfaces, aerosol transmission of viruses is an important aspect to be considered.

Even though, currently, there are no official regulations in place to monitor airborne viruses on a regular base, several scientists focusing on this issue are strongly advocating the need for air monitoring during outbreaks

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