Anna Davies

Anna Davies
University of Cambridge | Cam · Department of Veterinary Medicine


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February 2007 - February 2011
Public Health England
  • Researcher
  • Research into the study of airborne transmission of disease


Publications (10)
This was a proof of principle study to determine whether home made masks might offer protection against respiratory pathogens. We have uploaded an FAQs document in response to questions received about the study.
The ability to sequence a bacterial genome in less than 1 day represents a step change for clinical microbiology. Genomic data can be used to investigate suspected outbreaks and rapidly to identify multidrug-resistant organisms. We held an open public debate to explore public understanding and perceptions of bacterial whole-genome sequencing (WGS),...
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This study examined homemade masks as an alternative to commercial face masks. Several household materials were evaluated for the capacity to block bacterial and viral aerosols. Twenty-one healthy volunteers made their own face masks from cotton t-shirts; the masks were then tested for fit. The number of microorganisms isolated from coughs of healt...
Decontamination of surfaces and medical equipment is integral to the control of Clostridium difficile transmission, and many products claim to inactivate this bacterium effectively. Thirty-two disinfectants were tested against spores of C. difficile in a suspension test based on European Standard BS EN 13704:2002, with contact times of 1 and 60 min...
The recent data for hospital-acquired infections suggest that infection rates for meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile are beginning to decrease. However, while there is still pressure to maintain this trend, the resistance of C. difficile spores to standard detergents continues to present a problem for many U...
Several medical procedures, including bronchoscopy, intubation, and non-invasive ventilation, frequently used in the treatment or diagnosis of respiratory diseases, have been identified as potentially `aerosol generating'. It is thought that the nature of the `aerosol generating' procedure (`AGP') results in an infectious aerosol beyond that which...


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