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High Hand Contamination Rates During Norovirus Outbreaks in Long-Term Care Facilities

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 January 2018

Geun Woo Park
Affiliation:
Division of Viral Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
Keenan J. Williamson
Affiliation:
Oregon Health Authority, Portland, Oregon
Emilio DeBess
Affiliation:
Oregon Health Authority, Portland, Oregon
Paul R. Cieslak
Affiliation:
Oregon Health Authority, Portland, Oregon
Nicole Gregoricus
Affiliation:
Division of Viral Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
Elizabeth De Nardo
Affiliation:
GoJo Industries, Akron, Ohio.
Christopher Fricker
Affiliation:
GoJo Industries, Akron, Ohio.
Verónica Costantini
Affiliation:
Division of Viral Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
Jan Vinjé
Affiliation:
Division of Viral Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
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Abstract

We examined norovirus contamination on hands of ill patients during 12 norovirus outbreaks in 12 long-term care facilities (LTCFs). The higher frequency and norovirus titers on hands of residents compared to hands of heathcare workers highlights the importance of adhering to appropriate hand hygiene practices during norovirus outbreaks in LTCFs.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2018;39:219–221

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