Molecular surveillance of respiratory viruses with bioaerosol sampling in an airport

Emily S. Bailey, Jessica Y. Choi, Juliana Zemke, Myagmarsukh Yondon, Gregory C. Gray

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Recognizing that crowded, high-traffic airports and airplanes have been implicated in respiratory disease transmission, we partnered with administrators of Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU) in conducting a pilot study of aerosol surveillance for respiratory viruses at RDU. From January to March 2018 we used NIOSH 2-stage samplers to collect 150 min aerosol samples in crowded areas at RDU. Four (17%) of the 24 samples were positive for known respiratory pathogens including influenza D virus and adenovirus. These results suggest the feasibility of employing bioaerosol surveillance techniques in public transportation areas, such as airports, as a noninvasive way to detect and characterize novel respiratory viruses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number11
JournalTropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 17 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Air travel
  • Bioaerosol
  • Epidemiology
  • Respiratory viruses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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