Determination of MS2 Bacteriophage Stability at High Temperatures using the Integrated Virus Detection System (IVDS)
Final rept. Sep 2004-Jun 2005
EDGEWOOD CHEMICAL BIOLOGICAL CENTER ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY DIR
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This is the third report in a series of reports that investigates the survivability of the MS2 virus in harsh environments. The first two reports study the effects of pH on the virus. In this report, we study the effect of elevated temperatures on the virus. The stability of the virus was studied by counting the number of virus particles using the Integrated Virus Detection System IVDS. Test results show that the virus particles are relatively stable for a limited time up to 0.50 hr at temperatures as high as 63 degrees C. Longer exposure or exposure to higher temperatures, results in quick breakdown of the virus particles.
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