Dissemination of a nonpathogenic viral DNA surrogate marker from high-touch surfaces in rooms of long-term care facility residents

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Abstract

A nonpathogenic DNA marker inoculated onto the television remote controls in rooms of 2 ambulatory long-term care facility (LTCF) residents disseminated to the hands of the LTCF residents, to high-touch surfaces in the room and on the ward, and to shared portable equipment. These findings suggest that contaminated high-touch surfaces in rooms of ambulatory LTCF residents are a potential source for widespread dissemination of pathogens.

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