Viral infection risks for patients using the finished product Hirudo verbana (medicinal leech)

@article{Rheinbaben2014ViralIR,
  title={Viral infection risks for patients using the finished product Hirudo verbana (medicinal leech)},
  author={Friedrich von Rheinbaben and Oliver Riebe and Johanna Koehnlein and Sebastian Werner},
  journal={Parasitology Research},
  year={2014},
  volume={113},
  pages={4199-4205}
}
The virological safety of medicinal leeches has to be ensured prior to their use on patients. While leeches can be kept and bred under standardized conditions, feeding them horse blood adds a non-standardized component, which poses some risk of infection of the treated patients. Here, we investigated the speed at which blood-borne viruses are degraded by the microbial flora in the leech intestine, in order to define the safety of the product and the length of the necessary quarantine period… CONTINUE READING
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