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Jose-Luis Sagripanti, Luzie Voss, Hans-Juergen Marschall and Carl David Lytle Inactivation of Vaccinia Virus by Natural Sunlight and by Artificial UVB Radiation Photochemistry and Photobiology 89

Version of Record online: 21 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-1097.2012.01207.x

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Vaccinia virus, commonly used as a surrogate for variola virus, was exposed to UVB radiation emitted by a solar simulator, or to direct natural sunlight. The data indicate that: (1) the virucidal effect of natural sunlight can be mimicked by an artificial light source with similar spectral characteristics in the UVB, (2) viral sensitivity to UVB or to solar radiation can be correlated with data previously obtained with UVC, and (3) the sensitivity of viruses either dry or in liquid suspension is similar when in the presence of similar amounts of cellular debris and growth media.

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