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Intranasal transmission of hepatitis C virus: virological and clinical evidence.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical Infectious Diseases
1537-6591
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication Date
Volume
47
Issue
7
Pages
931–934
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1086/591699
PMID: 18764772
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

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.

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