02/14/2011

Equipment Could Help First Responders Better Identify Airborne Viruses

A recent report by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
(NIOSH) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency examines the use of the
two-stage bioaerosol cyclone sampler, developed by NIOSH, as a potential tool
for collecting and analyzing airborne virus samples following a bioterrorist
attack. The NIOSH sampler could potentially fill a gap in the technologies
available for efficient sample collection and preparation following such an
incident. The sampler is a lightweight device that could be used either as an
area sampler (i.e., hospital room) or as a personal breathing zone air-sampler
that could be worn on the clothing of healthcare workers or others.


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AplusA-online.de - Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)