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Affects of Human Adenovirus on Aquatic Environments

Wendi Quidort and Katie Reece take water samples from an experiment in Sarah's Creek. ©Margaret Pizer/VASG

Wendi Quidort and Katie Reece take water samples from an experiment in Sarah’s Creek. ©Margaret Pizer/VASG

Adenovirus is very common in wastewater treatment plant outflows and can cause a variety of illnesses. Yet, there has been little research in the United States to determine its persistence and infectivity in aquatic environments. Wendi Quidort of Virginia Institute of Marine Science along with her VIMS professors will study the virus in water under a variety of conditions; there will be three seasons of sampling – fall 2011, spring 2012, and summer 2012. Quidort hopes this study will help the Food and Drug Administration in their ongoing studies.

Project details: Wendi Quidort, Kim Reece, and Howard Kator (VIMS). Seasonal variation in the persistence and infectivity of human adenovirus in estuarine waters.