Dr. Shuai’s study calls for urgent attention to public health concerns of emerging pathogen

December 8, 2021
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In a research article published in Environmental Science & Technology, Dr. Danmeng Shuai, his PhD student Mengyang Zhang, and their colleagues found that vesicle-cloaked norovirus clusters, an emerging enteric pathogen, were persistent under environmental stresses and were resistant to ultraviolet disinfection. This finding thus calls for urgent attention to the public health concerns of this emerging pathogen. Their work was co-led by Dr. Nihal Altan-Bonnet at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is supported by both National Science Foundation and NIH intramural research programs.  The paper citation is: M. Zhang S. Ghosh, M. Kumar, M. Santiana, C. K. E. Bleck, N. Chaimongkol, N.l Altan-Bonnet, and D. Shuai, “Emerging Pathogenic Unit of Vesicle-Cloaked Murine Norovirus Clusters is Resistant to Environmental Stresses and UV 254 Disinfection,” Environmental Science & Technology. (Published online April 15, 2021)

The National Science Foundation featured the study in its April 28 article, “Norovirus clusters are resistant to environmental stresses and UV disinfection, new study finds.” Additionally, GW Today published a profile of the research findings in its April 15 article “Norovirus Clusters Are Resistant to Environmental Stresses and UV Disinfection, New Study Finds.”