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Evaluation of a Disinfection Procedure for Hysteroscopes Contaminated by Hepatitis C Virus

  • Catherine Sartor (a1), Remi Nicolas Charrel (a2), Xavier de Lamballerie (a2), Roland Sambuc (a1), Philippe De Micco (a2) and Leon Boubli (a3)...
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We assessed the ability of a standard disinfection procedure to eliminate hepatitis C virus (HCV) from the air-water channel of hysteroscopes. The residual HCV RNA remaining after the disinfection procedure was measured by polymerase chain reaction. When correctly applied to hysteroscopes, the standard disinfection procedure was sufficient to eliminate the risk of HCV transmission.

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CLIN, Hôpital de la Conception, 147 Blvd Bailie, 13385 Marseille cedex 5, France
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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
  • ISSN: 0899-823X
  • EISSN: 1559-6834
  • URL: /core/journals/infection-control-and-hospital-epidemiology
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