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Erlich, Kim S. MD
Primary herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) infection typically occurs after direct contact with secretions from an infected individual who is shedding virus. Herpes simplex virus infection occurring through direct contact with contaminated fomites is believed to be unusual. However, HSV-1 can survive on inanimate objects for up to several hours, and direct inoculation of virus into the skin with a contaminated device could result in primary herpes simplex virus infection. This is the first report describing primary HSV-1 infection occurring in multiple locations on the face and chest wall following skin punctures with a metal extraction tool used to remove blemishes during a facial procedure performed at a commercial spa facility.
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herpes simplex virus type-1 infection, primary HSV-1 infection, fomite, spa facility, extraction tool
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