Trish M. Perl, MD; Thomas H. Haugen, MD, PhD; Michael A. Pfaller, MD; Richard Hollis, MA; Alfred D. Lakeman, PhD; Richard J. Whitley, MD; Don Nicholson, MD; Gloria A. Hunter, MS; Richard P. Wenzel, MD, MSc
Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) infection has reportedly been transmitted via contaminated secretions from an infected patient to susceptible health care workers, producing a finger infection called whitlow (1). However, the nosocomial transmission of more serious HSV-1 infections, such as keratitis, has not been described. Presumably, the transmission of blood-borne pathogens and possibly of HSV-1 has been reduced by current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, which encourage the use of gloves and protective eye-wear to prevent exposure to secretions or blood (2, 3). On 15 March 1989, a cluster of four persons with HSV-1 infection was identified in
Perl TM, Haugen TH, Pfaller MA, Hollis R, Lakeman AD, Whitley RJ, et al. Transmission of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 Infection in an Intensive Care Unit. Ann Intern Med. ;117:584–586. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-7-584
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(7):584-586.
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