Mariarita Arenella

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Mariarita Arenella PhD is Head of the Virology Laboratory at airmid healthgroup.

Mariarita Arenella PhD features in New to the Parish, The Irish Times

Mariarita Arenella PhD, airmid's Senior Scientist and virologist, was interviewed by The Irish Times for the very popular column 'New to the Parish'. Originally hailing from Italy, she had some interesting thoughts about her experiences in Ireland! You can read the article in full here. This article originally appeared in the Irish Times and online on  

airmid healthgroup Gains ISO 17025 Accreditation for the Quantification of Influenza A Nucleoprotein

airmid healthgroup is delighted to announce that it has gained ISO/IEC 17025:2005 INAB accreditation for quantification of Influenza A Nucleoprotein. DUBLIN, IRELAND FEBRUARY 26, 2017 This is an extension of airmid’s scope of accreditation, as in 2011 the lab became the world’s first to be ISO/IEC 17025:2005 INAB accredited for Der p 1 (house dust mite allergen) & Fel d 1 (cat allergen) analysis. ISO/IEC 17025:2005 is the globally recognised standard that sets out requirements for the...

How do you dry your hands?

Did you know that wet hands can spread up to 1000 times more bacteria than dry hands?1 That is why hand drying is the important final step of a hand hygiene procedure. The most common hand drying methods involve the use of paper towels, continuous paper rolls and a wide range of electrical hand dryers (warm air, cold air, jet air etc.). The choice of method varies based on practical and economic reasons. Hand drying methods have been studied with...

Overview of the influenza virus

Influenza viruses are responsible for the highly contagious flu disease that can range in severity from mild to serious illness. This virus is important globally. For centuries influenza infections have caused both epidemics (the rapid spread of infectious disease to a large number of people) and pandemics (the worldwide spread of a new disease). In this article we will discuss the classification, structure and versatility of the influenza virus. Classification and structure of the influenza...