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The emission of particulate matter from agricultural sources is a worldwide environmental issue due to health concerns.

The main factors influencing PM10 emission from crop production are the origin of particles, the physical and chemical properties of soils, meteorological conditions, and the mechanical impacts of farm operations. Several studies have been made to determine PM10 emission factors for tillage operations, but these emission factors varied depending on soil properties, especially soil texture and water content, and environmental conditions (e.g. relative humidity, and variability in wind speed and direction). This is why the use of a single emission factor for a given tillage operation is inadequate.

To estimate the yearly amount of PM10 emitted from agricultural soils and crop production, emissions originating from different sources at different temporal division must be summarized. Because 56 % of the total territory of Hungary is cropland, relatively high PM10 emission occurs from crop production and agricultural soils. If this is to be reduced, research should focus on the identification of soil and environmental properties related to PM10 emission on characteristic Hungarian soils.

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During the analysis of environmental risk posed by hazardous waste disposal sites, ecological impact on whole ecosystems should be assessed. It requires a complex testing scheme where surrogate species represent key elements of the ecosystem. However, different organisms are exposed to a differing degree, also, their sensitivity to the same contaminant may vary. A possible way to determine which test reflects most the actual toxic conditions, correlation can be calculated between the measured ecological parameter (such as growth inhibition, mortality, etc.) and  a contaminant gradient. The basic aim of this study was to determine which ecotoxicological test shows the best correlation with the measured analytical parameters. The selected tests were Lemna minor (representing primary producers), Thamnocephalus platyurus (a primary consumer organism) and Vibrio fischeri (decomposer). When testing soil samples, the Thamnocephalus test showed excellent consistency with most contaminants but was oversensitive in the case of groundwater samples. The Vibrio fischeri bioluminescence inhibition test (ToxAlert) behaved in a different way, reflecting well the distribution of most contaminants in groundwater samples. Finally, Lemna test proved to be completely inadequate.

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During clinical trials, samples from Hungarian patients of different age groups were tested for antibodies against all 3 serotypes of poliovirus, a member of Picornaviridae family. During the virus neutralization serological test, blood samples were titrated using permanent virus concentration. Based on the cythopathic effect observed under a light microscope, the antibody level of the patient was assessed. The 100 people examined were classified into 5 groups based on age and type of original vaccine: I. Newborns, no vaccination given; II. Immunosuppressed patients; III. Born before 1986, received only OPV vaccine; IV. Born between 1992–2005, received a combination of OPV and IPV vaccines; V. Born after 2006, received only IPV vaccine. Results show that vaccination coverage meets all the criteria. None of the immunized persons was seronegative to all three polioviruses. Both IPV and OPV vaccines are effective against poliovirus. Blood samples from newborn babies with no immunization were also examined. Results show that most newborns have maternal antibodies in their blood. Results of group II show that immunosuppression does not have a negative influence on blood antibody levels against polioviruses. In spite of the low number of samples, our results show that seroconversion after immunization in the Hungarian population is adequate. For more accurate results about vaccination coverage in the population, further trials would be necessary.

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Authors: Bálint Szalai, Éva Hercegh, Nóra Magyar, Dániel Déri, Mónika Rózsa, Zsuzsanna Molnár, Dávid Kuti, Zoltán Kis, Katalin Szomor, Mária Takács and Erzsébet Barcsay

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Bevezetés: Magyarországon 2020. március 4-én sikerült először kimutatni a SARS-CoV-2 jelenlétét két iráni beteg felső légúti mintájában. Az első pozitív esetek megjelenését követően felmerült a kérdés, hogy a vírus mikor kerülhetett be Magyarországra, esetleg okozott-e korábban megbetegedést. 2020. március 4-ét megelőzően a kifejezetten SARS-CoV-2-vizsgálatra beküldött 224 légúti minta közül egyetlen sem bizonyult pozitívnak a fent említett 2 minta kivételével. Célkitűzés: A Nemzeti Népegészségügyi Központ Légúti Vírusok Nemzeti Referencia Laboratóriuma célul tűzte ki, hogy a 2020. január 1. és 2020. április 19. között légútivírus-vizsgálatra beérkezett mintákat visszamenőlegesen megvizsgálja az új koronavírus irányában. Módszer: A tanulmányhoz felhasználtuk egyrészt az influenzafigyelő szolgálatban részt vevő, virológiai mintavételezésre is felkért (ún. sentinel) orvosok által rendszeresen vett, hetente beküldött légúti mintákat, másrészt az egyéb, diagnosztikus céllal beérkezett beteganyagokat. A vizsgálatokat real-time PCR-módszerrel végeztük. Eredmények: A sentinel orvosok által beküldött 465 légúti mintából egy sem bizonyult SARS-CoV-2-pozitívnak. Az egyéb (nem SARS-CoV-2) légúti diagnosztikus vizsgálatra érkező 551 minta között sem találtunk március 4-e előtt vett pozitív mintát. Következtetések: Ezen adatok alapján valószínűsíthető, hogy az elsőként 2020. március 4-én diagnosztizált esetek előtt a SARS-CoV-2 nem okozott klinikai tünetekkel járó fertőzést az országban. Orv Hetil. 2020; 161(38): 1619–1622.

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