More on the contaminated toothbrush: the viral story

Glass, Richard T.; Jensen, Harold G.
October 1988
Quintessence International;Oct1988, Vol. 19 Issue 10, p713
Academic Journal
The article presents a research which examines whether a toothbrush can harbor viruses which causes oral inflammatory diseases, and, whether these organisms can be passed by such an instrument. Researchers, as reported, conducted their tests on 12 toothbrushes to find out whether herpes simplex virus type-1 (HSV-1) can remain stable on the toothbrushes. The research concludes that, HSV-1 can remain viable for at least 48 hours on a dried toothbrush and for more than seven days if the toothbrush is kept in a moist environment. The research also concludes that, the virus is transmissible, and can infect and produce cytotoxicity in vero cells.


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