Use of a Hand Sanitizing Wipe for Reducing Risk of Viral Illness in the Home

Akrum H Tamimi, Sarah L. Edmonds-Wilson, Charles P Gerba

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This study determined whether a hand sanitizing wipe can reduce virus transmission in households, and could reduce the probability of infection by rhinovirus and rotavirus. Bacteriophage MS-2 (a marker virus) was used to assess viral transmission in five households having at least two children of ages 2–18. Hands of one female adult were inoculated with ~108 PFU MS-2 bacteriophages in each home, and after 8 h, hands of all family members and select fomites were sampled to determine baseline contamination without intervention. This sequence was repeated with the intervention, where all family members were instructed to use a quaternary ammonium compound-based sanitizing wipe at least once per day. A significant reduction of virus after the intervention occurred on inoculated hands (95.3 %; p = 0.0039), all fomites combined (74.5 %; p 

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)354-358
Number of pages5
JournalFood and Environmental Virology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015


  • Hand hygiene
  • Hand sanitizing wipe
  • Homes
  • Risk assessment
  • Virus transmission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Food Science
  • Virology


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