Title: A Note on the Inactivation of Influenza A Viruses Through Solar Radiation, Relative Humidity and Temperature
Citation: PHOTOCHEMISTRY AND PHOTOBIOLOGY vol. 84 no. 6 p. 1601-1602
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC45479
ISSN: 0031-8655
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC45479
DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-1097.2008.00416.x
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: We critically investigate the claim put forward in (7) that inactivation of influenza A virus through solar radiation can explain the seasonality of influenza epidemics. We correct an error in (7) and show that changes in relative humidity and temperature affect influenza virus inactivation as strongly as variation in solar radiation. Furthermore, it appears unlikely that transmission in outdoor settings plays an important role during influenza outbreaks, because influenza A virus is sensitive to a wide range of environmental factors.
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