Journal Article

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 and Malgorzata Simm

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 47, issue 7, pages 931-934
Published in print October 2008 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online October 2008 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/591699
Intranasal Transmission of Hepatitis C Virus: Virological and Clinical Evidence

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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.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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