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. 2006 Nov;34(9):603-5.
doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2006.01.014.

Where Should One Search When Confronted With Outbreaks of Nosocomial Infection?

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Where Should One Search When Confronted With Outbreaks of Nosocomial Infection?

Petra Gastmeier et al. Am J Infect Control. .

Abstract

The outbreak database (http://www.outbreak-database.com), containing 1561 records of nosocomial outbreaks published in the medical literature in a systematic format, was used to identify the most frequent outbreak sources for the entire database as well as for specific outbreak pathogens. Overall, in 37.1%, no source was identified. The main sources identified were index patients (40.3%), followed by equipment and devices (21.1%), environment (19.8%), and personnel (15.8%).

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