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Issue 42                                                                                            September 2021
Recent Publications
Dr. Kristen Coleman, PhD, Duke-NUS Medical School One Health Senior Research Fellow
 
Viral Load of SARS-CoV-2 in Respiratory Aerosols Emitted by COVID-19 Patients while Breathing, Talking, and Singing
 
Duke-NUS Medical School One Health Senior Research Fellow, Dr. Kristen Coleman, and fellow researchers in Singapore measured viral aerosol emissions from COVID-19 patients as they engaged in common activities. Participants were asked to breathe, talk, and sing into a special aerosol collection device (Gesundheit II machine) which captures both coarse and fine viral particles. Talking and singing produced the most detectable viral RNA, and fine particles (≤ 5 μm in diameter) made up 85% of exhaled SARS-CoV-2 particles. Participants earlier in their course of illness were significantly more likely to release detectable viral RNA via respiratory aerosols, consistent with previous studies showing correlations between viral load and day of illness.

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Emma Wang, MSc, former research study coordinator at Duke Kunshan University’s One Health Laboratory

Molecular Typing of Human Adenoviruses among Hospitalized Patients with Respiratory Tract Infections in a Tertiary Hospital in Guangzhou, China between 2017 and 2019
 
Duke Kunshan University’s former One Health team member, Emma Wang, recently published results of a collaborative research study in the journal BMC Infectious Diseases on respiratory human adenovirus presentation in a tertiary hospital in Guangzhou, China. The research team's work added to the limited knowledge of diversity and epidemiological patterns of human adenovirus types found in hospitalized patients with respiratory tract infections.

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Associate Professor and Duke One Health collaborator Mohamed Ezzat

Influenza A Viruses are Likely Highly Prevalent on South African Swine Farms
Research Associate Professor of Virology and Microbiology in the School of Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, South Africa, and Duke One Health collaborator, Dr. Mohamed Ezzat El Zowalaty recently worked with Duke One Health researchers in publishing a research report titled "Influenza A Viruses are Likely Highly Prevalent on South African Swine Farms" in the journal Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. This cross-sectional study was conducted to evaluate evidence for cross-species transmission of influenza A virus between pigs and swine workers. 

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One Health in the News
Second Year MS-GH Graduate Student Jean Gleason

Jean Gleason shares summer thesis work with DGHI 
 
Duke One Health’s newsletter editor and second year Master of Science in Global Health student Jean Gleason recently gave her insight to Duke Global Health Institute’s newsletter regarding how her summer thesis work has been going and what she has learned.

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Duke One Health Team Member Updates
Dr. Lexi Sack, former One Health postdoctoral fellow

Dr. Lexi Sack accepting postdoc position at University of Notre Dame
 
Duke NIH D43 postdoctoral fellow Lexi Sack (who graduated with a PhD in Translational and Clinical Science from Tufts University in August), has recently accepted a postdoc position in Dr. Jason Rohr's lab at Notre Dame. This work will focus on controlling schistosomiasis in disadvantaged communities with a secondary focus on improving livestock production, as a portion of the human infections in the study region in Senegal are a hybrid with the cattle variety. Congratulations, Lexi!
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Don Nguyen (left), Jean Gleason (middle), and Emily Robie, MSc (right) serve as the editors of the Duke One Health Team Newsletter. Don and Jean are both 2nd year students in the Duke Global Health Institute's Masters of Science in Global Health program. Emily graduated from the Duke Global Health Institute in May 2019, and is currently working as a research associate for the One Health Team at Duke. 
 
  Don Nguyen  don.nguyen@duke.edu
  Jean Gleason  jean.gleason@duke.edu
 Emily Robie  emily.robie@duke.edu
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