Detection and prevalence of adenoviral conjunctivitis among hospital employees using real-time polymerase chain reaction as an infection prevention tool

Irene C. Kuo, Colleen Espinosa, Michael Forman, Miriana Pehar, Lisa L. Maragakis, Alexandra Valsamakis

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Hospital employees with suspected adenoviral conjunctivitis underwent evaluation and testing with real-time polymerase chain reaction. Viral conjunctivitis was suspected in 307 (59%) of 518 employees with eye complaints; adenovirus was detected in 4% (22 of 518). Four employees had genotypes consistent with epidemic ker-atoconjunctivitis. This algorithm minimizes productivity loss compared with clinical diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)728-731
Number of pages4
JournalInfection control and hospital epidemiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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