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Evaluation of the Antimicrobial Properties of Copper Surfaces in an Outpatient Infectious Disease Practice

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Seema Rai
Affiliation:
North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Manhasset, New York
Bruce E. Hirsch*
Affiliation:
North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Manhasset, New York
Hubert H. Attaway
Affiliation:
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
Richard Nadan
Affiliation:
North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Manhasset, New York
S. Fairey
Affiliation:
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
J. Hardy
Affiliation:
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
G. Miller
Affiliation:
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
Donna Armellino
Affiliation:
North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Manhasset, New York
Wilton R. Moran
Affiliation:
Copper Development Association, New York, New York
Peter Sharpe
Affiliation:
Copper Development Association, New York, New York
Adam Estelle
Affiliation:
Copper Development Association, New York, New York
J. H. Michel
Affiliation:
Copper Development Association, New York, New York
Harold T. Michels
Affiliation:
Copper Development Association, New York, New York
Michael G. Schmidt
Affiliation:
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
*
North Shore University Hospital, Division of Infectious Diseases, 400 Community Drive, Manhasset, NY 11030 (bhirsch@nshs.edu)

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