Journal of Hygiene

Research Article

Airborne micro-organisms: survival tests with four viruses

G. J. Harpera1

a1 Microbiological Research Establishment, Porton Down, Salisbury, Wilts

Airborne virus particles of vaccinia, influenza, Venezuelan equine encephalomyelitis, and poliomyelitis have been tested for viable survival in the dark at controlled temperatures and relative humidity (R.H.) for up to 23 hr. after spraying.

Viable survival at each R.H. level was better at lower temperature than at higher temperature. Poliomyelitis virus showed best survival at high R.H.; the other three viruses survived best at low R.H.

(Received July 28 1961)