Nail scissors and fingernails as reservoirs of hepatitis B virus DNA: Role of nail scissors in household transmission of hepatitis B virus.

Koroglu M. , Demiray T., ÖZBEK A., GÜÇLÜ E., Karabay O., ALTINDİŞ M., ...More

American journal of infection control, vol.46, no.7, pp.793-797, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 46 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ajic.2017.12.009
  • Title of Journal : American journal of infection control
  • Page Numbers: pp.793-797


Background: No study in the current literature has scientifically clarified the transmission of hepatitis B virus (HBV) via personal hygiene tools. We determined risk of household transmission of HBV via nail scissors. Moreover, we assessed whether nails from HBV-infected people contained HBV, and evaluated correlations of HBV DNA levels of serum, nail specimens, and nail scissors.