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Laboratory-acquired West Nile Virus infections - United States, 2002.

Authors
Campbell-G; Lanciotti-R; Bernard-B; Lu-H
Source
MMWR 2002 Dec; 51(50):1133-1135
NIOSHTIC No.
20023300
Abstract
West Nile virus (WNV), a mosquito-borne flavivirus introduced recently to North America, is a human, equine, and avian neuropathogen. The majority of human infections with WNV are mosquito-borne; however, laboratory-acquired infections with WNV and other arboviruses also occur. This report summarizes two recent cases of WNV infection in laboratory workers without other known risk factors who acquired infection through percutaneous inoculation. Laboratory workers handling fluids or tissues known or suspected to be WNV-infected should minimize their risk for exposure and should report injuries and illnesses of suspected occupational origin to their supervisor.
Keywords
Infection-control; Infectious-diseases; Insects; Laboratories; Laboratory-workers; Viral-diseases; Viral-infections; Neuropathy; Serology; Occupational-exposure; Training; Medical-treatment; Surveillance-programs
CODEN
MMWRB6
Publication Date
20021220
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
50
ISSN
0892-3787
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
State
GA; OH
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