[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 171 (Friday, September 3, 2010)]
[Pages 54151-54152]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-22053]



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and 

    In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for opportunity for public comment on 
proposed data collection projects, the Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. 
To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a 
copy of the data collection plans and instruments, call 404-639-5960 
and send comments to Maryam I. Daneshvar, Ph.D., CDC Reports Clearance 
Officer, 1600 Clifton Road, MS-D74, Atlanta, GA 30333 or send an e-mail 
to [email protected].
    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways 
to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, 
including through the use of automated collection techniques or other 
forms of information technology. Written comments should be received 
within 60 days of this notice.

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Proposed Project

    Persistence of Viable Influenza Virus in Aerosols--New--National 
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for 
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) 
is authorized to conduct research to advance the health and safety of 
workers under Section 20(a)(1) of the 1970 Occupational Safety and 
Health Act.
    Influenza continues to be a major public health concern because of 
the substantial health burden from seasonal influenza and the potential 
for a severe pandemic. Although influenza is known to be transmitted by 
infectious secretions, these secretions can be transferred from person 
to person in many different ways, and the relative importance of the 
different pathways is not known. The likelihood of the transmission of 
influenza virus by small infectious airborne particles produced during 
coughing and breathing is particularly unclear. The question of 
airborne transmission is especially important in healthcare facilities, 
where influenza patients tend to congregate during influenza season, 
because it directly impacts the infection control and personal 
protective measures that should be taken by healthcare workers.
    The purpose of this study is to measure the amount of viable 
influenza virus in airborne particles that are produced by patients 
when they cough, and the size and quantity of the particles carrying 
the virus. A better understanding of the amount of potentially 
infectious material released by patients and the size of the particles 
carrying the virus will assist in determining the possible role of 
airborne transmission in the spread of influenza and in devising 
measures to prevent it.
    Volunteer participants will be recruited by a test coordinator 
using a flyer describing the study. Interested potential participants 
will be screened using a short health questionnaire to verify that they 
have influenza-like symptoms and that they do not have any medical 
conditions that would preclude their participation. Qualified 
participants who agree to participate in the study will be asked to 
read and sign an informed consent form. Based on a previous study using 
similar forms, we estimate that the health questionnaire will require 
about 5 minutes to complete, and the informed consent form will take 
about 20 minutes to read and sign. Once the informed consent form is 
signed, the participant will be asked to cough into an aerosol particle 
collection system, and the airborne particles produced by the 
participant during coughing will be collected and tested.

                                          Estimated Annual Burden Hours
                                                     Number of       Number of      burden per     Total burden
      Type of  respondent             Form          respondents    responses per   response  (in       hours
                                                                    respondent        hours)
Initial participants..........  Health                       132               1            5/60              11
Qualified participants........  Informed Consent             120               1           20/60              40
    Total.....................  ................  ..............  ..............  ..............              51

    Dated: August 27, 2010.
Maryam I. Daneshvar,
Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[FR Doc. 2010-22053 Filed 9-2-10; 8:45 am]