To the Editor: Dr Sulkowski and colleagues1 demonstrated that even a superficial scatch can
transmit HCV. Although the intern in their case washed the involved area immediately,
it is possible that topical treatment with a virucidal medication would have
aborted the infection. Tincture of iodine is virucidal at very low concentration.2 Also, the ethanol in tincture of iodine "enchances
germicidal activity and also increases dispersibility and penetrance, and
the action of iodine will persist on the surgeon's gloved hands for several
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