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Assessment of Indoor Bioaerosols in Public Spaces by Real-Time Measured Airborne Particles

Category: Bioaerosols

Volume: 17 | Issue: 9 | Pages: 2276-2288
DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2017.02.0089

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Hsiao-Lin Huang , Mei-Kuei Lee, Hao-Wun Shih

  • Department of Occupational Safety and Health, Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science, Tainan City 71710, Taiwan


A prediction model for indoor bioaerosols was obtained using statistical analysis.
Number concentration outperforms mass concentration in predicting indoor bacteria.
Rapid measured airborne particles could indirectly predict potential biohazards.
Bioaerosol prediction models may facilitate IAQ management in public spaces.


Humans spend a considerable amount of time indoors, and indoor biological airborne pollutants may harm human health. Active bioaerosol samplers and conventional microbiological culture methods, which are widely applied in studies of airborne microbial contamination, are not only unable to perform continuous monitoring over long periods, but are also time-consuming and expensive. In order to rapid assess indoor airborne microbial contamination, multiple linear regression models were constructed by statistically analyzing the measured bioaerosol samples and the real-time measured mass and number concentrations of airborne particles using a direct reading instrument from 43 air-conditioned public spaces. There were significant positive correlations of indoor airborne bacterial and fungal concentrations with indoor size-segregated particle mass and number concentrations. The predictive power of the model was sufficient for predicting indoor bacterial concentrations from the indoor and outdoor size-segregated particle number concentrations as independent variables. Particle number concentration outperforms particle mass concentration as an independent variable in predicting indoor bioaerosol concentrations. The prediction model for indoor bacterial bioaerosol levels constructed in this study could facilitate a rapid assessment of potential airborne bacterial contamination via the simple and feasible measurement of particle number concentration, thus helping to improve the management and maintenance of indoor air quality.


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