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September 25, 2002

Occupational Transmission of Hepatitis C Virus

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;288(12):1469-1471. doi:10.1001/jama.288.12.1469

To the Editor: Dr Sulkowski and colleagues1 demonstrated that even a superficial scatch can transmit HCV. Although the intern in their case washed the involved area immediately, it is possible that topical treatment with a virucidal medication would have aborted the infection. Tincture of iodine is virucidal at very low concentration.2 Also, the ethanol in tincture of iodine "enchances germicidal activity and also increases dispersibility and penetrance, and the action of iodine will persist on the surgeon's gloved hands for several hours."2

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