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Volume 14, Number 8—August 2008

Dispatch

Virus Transfer from Personal Protective Equipment to Healthcare Employees’ Skin and Clothing

Lisa Casanova*, Edie Alfano-Sobsey†, William A. Rutala*, David J. Weber*, and Mark Sobsey*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; †Wake County Human Services, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA;

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Frequency and levels of viral contamination of selected sites, virus transfer study, 2007*

Site % Volunteers who transferred virus to site (N = 10) Mean viral titer recovered from site (log10 MPN)* % Contaminated sites with visible tracer (N = 10)
Nondominant glove 80 2.2 10
Right hand (skin) 90 2.4 20
Left hand (skin) 70 1.8 0
Scrub shirt 100 3.2 10
Scrub pants 75† 2.1 0
Face 0

*MPN, most probable number; –, not measured.
†N = 8.

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