Electrostatic wipes as simple and reliable methods for influenza virus airborne detection
The performance of an in-house protocol for virus detection on commercialized electrostatic wipes (EWs) was assessed experimentally by impregnating them with suspensions of cytomegalovirus, adenovirus, and influenza virus, and by determining the recovery efficiency, repeatability, and detection limit of the protocol. The protocol was sensitive enough to detect 4 log10 gene copies of virus. At room temperature, influenza RNA was stable on EWs for at least four days. When EWs were placed high in 32 influenza-infected patients' rooms, influenza RNA was detectable in 75% (N = 24) of EWs, suggesting that EWs are simple and reliable methods for influenza virus airborne detection.