Clothes May Be A Vector for RSV in NICUs

A presentation at the 2015 International Conference on Emerging and Infectious Diseases held August 24 – 26 in Atlanta, Georgia is getting a bit of attention and may be of interest (though I could not find any data yet behind it).

Basically a group from UNSW looked at transmission of RSCV in a NICU and as part of the work screened various things in the NICU (surfaces, clothing, doctors, etc). for presence of RSV.  Here is the Press Release from ASM and below is a link to a story from the AP.  The summary from the PR is as follows:

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which is the leading cause of childhood respiratory hospitalizations among premature babies, can be detected from the clothes worn by caregivers/visitors who are visiting infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), according to research being presented at the International Conference on Emerging and Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, Georgia.

Source: Clothes Can Carry Dangerous Germs to ICU Babies

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Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. My lab is in the UC Davis Genome Center and I hold appointments in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences. My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis (see my lab site here which has more information on lab activities).  In addition to research, I am heavily involved in the Open Access publishing and Open Science movements.