Intranasal transmission of hepatitis C virus: Virological and clinical evidence

Sagiv Aaron, James M. McMahon, Danielle Milano, Leilani Torres, Michael Clatts, Stephanie Tortu, Donna Mildvan, Malgorzata Simm

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Abstract

Intranasal transmission of hepatitis C virus (HCV) via contaminated drug-sniffing implements is a potential but unconfirmed source of viral infection.We demonstrate the virological plausibility of intranasal transmission by confirming that blood and HCV RNA are present in the nasal secretions and drug-sniffing implements of HCV-infected intranasal drug users recruited from a community health clinic in New York City.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)931-934
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Volume47
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes

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