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Effectiveness of hand sanitizers with and without organic acids for removal of rhinovirus from hands

These studies evaluated the effectiveness of ethanol hand sanitisers with or without organic acids to remove detectable rhinovirus from the hands and prevent experimental rhinovirus infection. Ethanol hand sanitisers were significantly more effective than handwashing with soap and water. The addition of organic acids to the ethanol provided residual virucidal activity that persisted for at least 4 h. Whether these treatments will reduce rhinovirus infection in the natural setting remains to be determined. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2010;54(3):1363-4. Epub 2010 Jan 4.

Author: Turner RB, Fuls JL, Rodgers ND

Published: 01/01/2010

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy