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Contamination of the hospital environment with gastroenteric viruses: comparison of two pediatric wards over a winter season

The aims of this study were to examine the extent of gastroenteric virus contamination in a paediatric primary immunodeficiency (PPI) ward and a general paediatric ward over a winter season and to determine whether changes to hospital infection control interventions would have an impact on environmental contamination levels within pediatric units. Environmental swabs were collected weekly from 11 sites in both wards from 15 December 2005 to 3 March 2006 and examined for the presence of norovirus (NoV), astrovirus, and rotavirus (RV) by reverse transcriptase PCR. Overall, changes to cleaning protocols were deemed to have reduced the level of environmental contamination with gastroenteric viruses, but contamination still occurred due to a breakdown in infection control procedures indicated by contamination in areas frequented by parents but used only occasionally by staff. J Clin Microbiol. 2008;46(9):3112-5. Epub 2008 Jul 9.

Author: Gallimore CI, Taylor C, Gennery AR, et al

Published: 01/01/2008

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Journal of Clinical Microbiology