The recent Ebola outbreak is a sharp reminder of the dangers of airborne infection and raises the question of the possible need for Ebola airborne infection control. Could this be an overlooked element in infection control procedures? Whilst the jury is out on the definitive “yes” or “no” regarding the airborne transmission of the Ebola virus, it seems clear that aerosol and droplet transmission is possible. The study by Walker and Walker supports this.[i] Particularly in healthcare settings, weakened patients require protection from the ingestion of pathogens.

In common with Ebola, MRSA was for a long time not recognised as an airborne threat; however, now more and more hospitals are treating the inside air as a potential route for transmission for this and many other potential infections.

A recent clinical study illustrated the importance of IQAir mobile HEPA air purifiers in airborne infection control. They significantly reduced the number of MRSA colonies measured on settle plates (the measure of how many bacteria might settle on a hospital surface after being dispersed in the air). There was a strong link between the rate of air filtration and the reduction in the number of MRSA colonies counted - the higher the filtration rate, the cleaner the air.

The researchers, from Nottingham City Hospital, concluded that the IQAir H13 air purifier is a useful addition to existing MRSA control measures for airborne infection control.

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[i]An Introduction to Ebola: The Virus and the Disease

C. J. Peters and J. W. Peters - National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia