Special Issue "Outdoor and Indoor Biological Air Quality and Public Health"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 August 2020).
Interests: aerobiology, biological air quality, operating theatres, clean-room, cultural heritage, pollen, fungal spores, etc.
Interests: aerobiology, air quality, clean-room, pollen, fungal spores, etc.
One of the most important problems for indoor and outdoor environment is air pollution. Most studies are dedicated to chemical or physical parameters, and only limited studies focus on biological pollutants as indicators of air quality related to humans and animal health or to artefacts biodeterioration. Biological contaminants include pollen allergens, mould, bacteria, viruses, animal dander, house dust, mites, algae, etc. Indoor environments can even be more problematic considering time spent in living and working environments or the features of specific environments such as pharmaceutical clean-rooms, operating theaters, museums, etc. There are many sources of biological pollutants: some originate from plants, others are transmitted or carried by people and animals or derive from soil and water. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning devices can become breeding grounds for many biological contaminants and can then contribute to their spread. Most biological pollutants are small enough to be inhaled, triggering respiratory allergic reactions, infectious illnesses, or toxic diseases. Children, elderly people and patients with breathing problems, allergies, and lung diseases are particularly susceptible to disease-causing biological agents. Worldwide, there are outdoor monitoring networks that study the spread of fungal spores and pollen. Recently, real-time sampling systems have been developed. Still, much remains to be done to define sampling standards or thresholds values for biological airborne pollutants. This Special Issue could provide a synthesis of these topics and a useful tool to propose targeted preventive measures. The keywords listed below provide an outline of some of the possible areas of interest.
Dr. Roberto Albertini
Dr. Michel Thibaudon
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- Biological air quality
- Microorganisms and viruses
- Sampling and monitoring
- Survey networks
- Modelling and forecasting
- Public health
- Preventive measures.