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Laboratory-acquired meningococcal disease - United States, 2000.

Authors
Lofgren-J; Whitley-B; Johnson-D; Downes-F; Somsel-P; Robinson-Dunn-B; Massey-J; Stoltman-G; Stobierski-MG; Bidol-S; Hahn-C; Tengelson-L; Murray-P; Sewell-D; Schaffner-W; Stephens-D; Miller-M; Sejvar-J; Popovic-T; Perkins-B; Rosenstein-N
Source
MMWR 2002 Feb; 51(7):141-144
NIOSHTIC No.
20023483
Abstract
Neisseria meningitidis is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis and sepsis among older children and young adults in the United States. N. meningitidis usually is transmitted through close contact with aerosols or secretions from the human nasopharynx. Although N. meningitidis is regularly isolated in clinical laboratories, it has infrequently been reported as a cause of laboratory-acquired infection. This report describes two probable cases of fatal laboratory-acquired meningococcal disease and the results of an inquiry to identify previously unreported cases. The findings indicate that N. meningitidis isolates pose a risk for microbiologists and should be handled in a manner that minimizes risk for exposure to aerosols or droplets.
Keywords
Surveillance-programs; Infectious-diseases; Laboratory-techniques; Laboratory-work; Laboratory-workers; Microbiology; Microorganisms; Bacterial-disease; Aerosol-sampling; Aerosols; Health-hazards; Mortality-data; Exposure-methods; Region-4; Region-5
CODEN
MMWRB6
Publication Date
20020222
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
7
ISSN
0892-3787
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
State
AL; DC; GA; ID; IL; MI; TN; OH
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