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Environmental surface sampling of SARS-CoV-2 in selected hospitals in Malaysia.
Trop Biomed. 2021 Sep 01; 38(3):462-468.TB

Abstract

COVID-19 has spread rapidly worldwide. The role of fomites in facilitating onward transmission is plausible. This study aimed to determine the presence of viable virus and its persistence on the surfaces of fomites in wards treating COVID-19 patients in Malaysia. This study was conducted in two stages. First, environmental sampling was performed on random days in the intensive care unit (ICU) and general wards. Then, in the second stage, samples were collected serially on alternate days for 7 days in two selected general wards. In Stage 1, a total of 104 samples were collected from the surfaces of highly touched and used areas by patients and healthcare workers. Only three samples were tested positive for SARS-COV-2. In Stage 2, three surface samples were detected positive, but no persistence of the virus was observed. However, none of the SARS-CoV-2 RNA was viable through tissue culture. Overall, the environmental contamination of SARS-CoV-2 was low in this hospital setting. Hospitals' strict infection control and the compliance of patients with wearing masks may have played a role in these findings, suggesting adherence to those measures to reduce occupational exposure of COVID-19 in hospital settings.

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Environmental Health Research Centre (EHRC), Institute for Medical Research (IMR), Ministry of Health, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.Environmental Health Research Centre (EHRC), Institute for Medical Research (IMR), Ministry of Health, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.Environmental Health Research Centre (EHRC), Institute for Medical Research (IMR), Ministry of Health, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.Infectious Disease Research Centre (IDRC), Insitute for Medical Research (IMR), Ministry of Health, 40170 Shah Alam, Selagor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.Environmental Health Research Centre (EHRC), Institute for Medical Research (IMR), Ministry of Health, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.Environmental Health Research Centre (EHRC), Institute for Medical Research (IMR), Ministry of Health, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.Environmental Health Research Centre (EHRC), Institute for Medical Research (IMR), Ministry of Health, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.Environmental Health Research Centre (EHRC), Institute for Medical Research (IMR), Ministry of Health, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.Infectious Disease Research Centre (IDRC), Insitute for Medical Research (IMR), Ministry of Health, 40170 Shah Alam, Selagor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.Infectious Disease Research Centre (IDRC), Insitute for Medical Research (IMR), Ministry of Health, 40170 Shah Alam, Selagor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.Hospital Sungai Buloh, Ministry of Health, 47000 Sungai Buloh, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL), Ministry of Health, 50586 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia.Infectious Disease Research Centre (IDRC), Insitute for Medical Research (IMR), Ministry of Health, 40170 Shah Alam, Selagor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.Infectious Disease Research Centre (IDRC), Insitute for Medical Research (IMR), Ministry of Health, 40170 Shah Alam, Selagor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.Environmental Health Research Centre (EHRC), Institute for Medical Research (IMR), Ministry of Health, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

34608120

Citation

Rajendiran, S, et al. "Environmental Surface Sampling of SARS-CoV-2 in Selected Hospitals in Malaysia." Tropical Biomedicine, vol. 38, no. 3, 2021, pp. 462-468.
Rajendiran S, Thahir SSA, Veloo Y, et al. Environmental surface sampling of SARS-CoV-2 in selected hospitals in Malaysia. Trop Biomed. 2021;38(3):462-468.
Rajendiran, S., Thahir, S. S. A., Veloo, Y., Suppiah, J., Pahrol, M. A., Shakor, A. S. A., Mohamad, N., Ramly, N., Shariff, H. M., Karim, R. A., Chidambaram, S. K., Senian, R., Ahmad, N., Thayan, R., & Shaharudin, R. (2021). Environmental surface sampling of SARS-CoV-2 in selected hospitals in Malaysia. Tropical Biomedicine, 38(3), 462-468. https://doi.org/10.47665/tb.38.3.089
Rajendiran S, et al. Environmental Surface Sampling of SARS-CoV-2 in Selected Hospitals in Malaysia. Trop Biomed. 2021 Sep 1;38(3):462-468. PubMed PMID: 34608120.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Environmental surface sampling of SARS-CoV-2 in selected hospitals in Malaysia. AU - Rajendiran,S, AU - Thahir,S S A, AU - Veloo,Y, AU - Suppiah,J, AU - Pahrol,M A, AU - Shakor,A S A, AU - Mohamad,N, AU - Ramly,N, AU - Shariff,H M, AU - Karim,R A, AU - Chidambaram,S K, AU - Senian,R, AU - Ahmad,N, AU - Thayan,R, AU - Shaharudin,R, PY - 2021/10/5/entrez PY - 2021/10/6/pubmed PY - 2021/10/15/medline SP - 462 EP - 468 JF - Tropical biomedicine JO - Trop Biomed VL - 38 IS - 3 N2 - COVID-19 has spread rapidly worldwide. The role of fomites in facilitating onward transmission is plausible. This study aimed to determine the presence of viable virus and its persistence on the surfaces of fomites in wards treating COVID-19 patients in Malaysia. This study was conducted in two stages. First, environmental sampling was performed on random days in the intensive care unit (ICU) and general wards. Then, in the second stage, samples were collected serially on alternate days for 7 days in two selected general wards. In Stage 1, a total of 104 samples were collected from the surfaces of highly touched and used areas by patients and healthcare workers. Only three samples were tested positive for SARS-COV-2. In Stage 2, three surface samples were detected positive, but no persistence of the virus was observed. However, none of the SARS-CoV-2 RNA was viable through tissue culture. Overall, the environmental contamination of SARS-CoV-2 was low in this hospital setting. Hospitals' strict infection control and the compliance of patients with wearing masks may have played a role in these findings, suggesting adherence to those measures to reduce occupational exposure of COVID-19 in hospital settings. SN - 2521-9855 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/34608120/Environmental_surface_sampling_of_SARS_CoV_2_in_selected_hospitals_in_Malaysia_ L2 - https://www.diseaseinfosearch.org/result/6415 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -