- •All surfaces were contaminated with crAssphage or high levels of organic debris
- •Without a recent outbreak, noroviruses were not found on the LTC facility surfaces
- •The highest levels of ATP and/or crAssphage were in patient rooms and public areas.
- •Hygienic monitoring identified where cleaning efforts could be heightened
- •Information is helpful in guiding infection control procedures in LTC facilities
Abbreviations:C. difficile (Clostridioides difficile), CDI (C. difficile infection), LTC (long-term care), ATP (adenosine triphosphate), PCR (polymerase chain reaction), RT-PCR (reverse transcriptase PCR)
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Funding/support: Research on hygienic monitoring in LTC facilities was funded in part by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative competitive grant 2011-68003-30395 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and grant 5R01HS025987-03 and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality competitive grant R01 HS025987 from the National Institutes of Health.
The findings and conclusions in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Conflicts of interest: None to report.