New papers on Microbiology of the Built Environment, August 14, 2016

Microbes on shoes Review: Shoe soles as a potential vector for pathogen transmission: A systematic review – Tasnuva Rashid – Journal of Applied Microbiology (OA) Shoe soles are possible vectors for infectious diseases. Although studies have been performed to assess the prevalence of infectious pathogens on shoe soles and decontamination techniques, no systematic review has …

A must read on indoor microbiology: Sources of airborne microorganisms in the built environment 

2013-5-19MBPF Source: Sources of airborne microorganisms in the built environment | Microbiome | Full Text Really nice new review paper by Aaron Prissin and Linsey Marr. It covers research on sources of airborne microbes including Humans Pets Plants Plumbing HVACs Water damage Dust Outdoor air Really thorough with tons of references and discussion of the …

Indoor microbiology is not just about people: e.g., see this discussion of sanitation in animal shelters from #UCDavis Koret Shelter Medicine Program

Much of the work on microbiology of the built environment focuses attention on issues relating to humans.  But all those other animals that spend time in built environments are important parts of the bigger picture.  Animals certainly influence what microbes are found in the built environment.  And they are important customers of knowledge about the …