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Aeronautics, Graduate Studies

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The list of disease pathogens that can be transmitted in the air is extensive. This list includes the common cold, SARS, measles, Hansen's disease (leprosy), polio, influenza, Legionella (Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac fever), and tuberculosis (TB). TB, SARSCoV-1, avian influenza, varicella, and now SARS-CoV-2 all have received public notice due not only to their known or assumed ability to be transmitted in the air rapidly from one individual to another, but also for their virulence. Other bioaerosols that can be transmitted through the air include bacteria, fungal spores and fragments, dust mites, and pollen. This document was developed to address control of bioaerosols transmission, primarily through ventilation and other engineering controls. This monograph will focus on engineering controls in non-industrial/non-healthcare facilities such as office buildings, schools, public assembly, theaters, and governmental buildings. It does not, however, address ventilation in residences, either single or multi-family.


American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH®) Bioaerosols Committee