Inactivation of a Model Coliphage Virus in Water by Iodine 921361
Until now, NASA's space water reuse research program has not considered the transport of water borne infectious enteric viruses; however, viral diseases probably are a significant concern in long duration space missions. To simplify monitoring and prediction of pathogen distribution, model indicator strains historically have been used. In this research, the male specific RNA coliphage MS-2 is used as a model of enteric viruses due to their similar size and biochemical composition.
Inactivation of some water borne enteric viruses by iodine has previously been characterized. In this paper, iodine inactivation of the model coliphage MS-2 in buffered water is compared with earlier bench-scale disinfection survival data and with survival in iodinated simulated shower water used in a test water recycling system.