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Because the virus was also detected in the intestine and, in the previous study, in feces (10), fecal-oral transmission as for genotypes 1-4 is plausible.
Little is known about the importance of fecal-oral transmission or about the length of time that infectious virus shedding occurs in the gastrointestinal tract.
Skin hygiene, particularly of the hands, is a primary mechanism for reducing contact and fecal-oral transmission of infectious agents.