Upper-Room Ultraviolet Light and Negative Air Ionization to Prevent Tuberculosis Transmission

  title={Upper-Room Ultraviolet Light and Negative Air Ionization to Prevent Tuberculosis Transmission},
  author={Adrian Roderick Escombe and David A J Moore and Robert H. Gilman and Marcos {\~N}avincopa and Eduardo Ticona and Bailey W Mitchell and Catherine Noakes and Carlos Mart{\'i}nez and Patricia Sheen and Roc{\'i}o Ram{\'i}rez and Willi Quino and Armando Emiliano Gonzalez and Jon S Friedland and Carlton A Evans},
  journal={PLoS Medicine},
  pages={1575 - 1580}
BACKGROUND Institutional tuberculosis (TB) transmission is an important public health problem highlighted by the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the emergence of multidrug- and extensively drug-resistant TB. Effective TB infection control measures are urgently needed. We evaluated the efficacy of upper-room ultraviolet (UV) lights and negative air ionization for preventing airborne TB transmission using a guinea pig air-sampling model to measure the TB infectiousness of ward air. METHODS AND FINDINGS… CONTINUE READING
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