Feasible Indoor Air-related measures against Avian Influenza

F. Franchimon, C.E.E. Pernot, J.E.M.H. Bronswijk, van

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Abstract

The threat of a new pandemic has forced the WHO to publish preparedness plans. Although WHO recognized the effect of airborne transmission of the causative agent, they did not attempt to include feasible measures for indoor environmental control as yet. The efficacy of indoor humidity control compared to other air related measures such as ultra violet irradiation, portable HEPA filtering and increased ventilation rate has been studied in order to slow down infection spread. This study is limited to homes. A combination of the Wells-Riley equation and the Nazaroff's equation was used to compute the effect of each measure in order to decrease the infection risk. An increase of ventilation and the use of portable HEPA filters were not effective. Although ultra violet radiation appeared more effective than humidification control, the latter is most feasible.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 11th International Conference on Indoor Air quality and Climate
EditorsBW Olesen, P Wargocki, P Strøm-Tejsen, D Zukowska, J Toftum
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
PublisherTechnical University of Denmark
PagesPaper ID:-49
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event11th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate (Indoor Air 2008), August 17-22, 2008, Copenhagen, Denmark - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 17 Aug 200822 Aug 2008

Conference

Conference11th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate (Indoor Air 2008), August 17-22, 2008, Copenhagen, Denmark
Abbreviated titleIndoor Air 2008
CountryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period17/08/0822/08/08

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