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Herpes simplex cross infection in the operating room

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Conclusion

It is apparent from the mode of contact in this case report that considerable discomfort and lost time can be avoided by protecting one’s hands when working in and about the mouth of infected patients even if the infections appear as inconsequential as herpes simplex.

RéSUMé

Un malade, porteur de lésions d’herpès simple autour de la bouche, a transmis cette infection herpetique au doigt d’un resident en anesthesie. La lésion s’est developpée et, au bout de onze jours, elle etait violacee, gonflèe et tres douloureuse. Cette lesion a ete ouverte et drainée; l’examen au microscope 61ectronique du liquide de couleur jaunatre a montré un grand nombre de particules ressemblant au virus de l’herpes simple (Fig. 2). Ce n’est que quatre semaines apres le premier contact, que la guérison fut complete.

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Correspondence to George G. DeYoung or A. W. Harrison or James M. Shapley.

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DeYoung, G.G., Harrison, A.W. & Shapley, J.M. Herpes simplex cross infection in the operating room. Canad. Anaes. Soc. J. 15, 394–396 (1968). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03006965

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Keywords

  • Herpes Simplex
  • Herpes Simplex Infection
  • Respiratory Secretion
  • Suction Catheter
  • Cold Sore