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An evaluation of indoor and outdoor biological particulate matter (BioPM)
MENETREZ, M. Y., K. K. Foarde, R. K. Esch, T. D. Schwartz, T. R. DEAN, M. D. HAYS, S. Cho, D. BETANCOURT, AND S. A. MOORE. An evaluation of indoor and outdoor biological particulate matter (BioPM). ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT. Elsevier Science Ltd, New York, NY, 43(34):5476-5483, (2009).
Monitoring of indoor and ambient particulate matter (PM) and the characterization of the content for biological aerosol concentrations has not been extensively performed. Samples from urban and rural North Carolina, and Denver, CO, were collected and analyzed as the goal of this research. A study of PM 10 to 2.5 and PM 2.5 fractions of ambient bioaerosols was undertaken for a six month period to evaluate the total long term personal exposure. These airborne bioaerosols can induce irritational, allergic, infectious, and chemical responses in exposed individuals. Three separate sites were monitored, and samples were collected and analyzed for mass and biological content. Concentrations of these bioaerosols were reported as a function of PM size fraction, mass and volume .of air sampled.
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Organization:U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY
AIR POLLUTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL DIVISION
ATMOSPHERIC PROTECTION BRANCH