Hand sanitizers may increase norovirus risk

Vogel, Lauren
September 2011
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;9/6/2011, Vol. 183 Issue 12, pE799
Academic Journal
The article reports on the threat posed by hand sanitizers in terms of increasing norovirus risk. It references the findings of a survey of 161 long-term care facilities in the U.S. which shows the association between the risk of norovirus and use of hand sanitizers. It also cites the two studies on the alcohol-based hand sanitizers' effectiveness against Clostridium difficle which shows that hands of health care workers may have viable spoors due to overreliance on the sanitizers.


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