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

Authors
Campbell-G; Lanciotti-R; Bernard-B; Lu-H
Source
JAMA J Am Med Assoc 2003 Jan; 289(4):414-415
NIOSHTIC No.
20032260
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
JAMAAP
Publication Date
20030122
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
0098-7484
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
Journal of the American Medical Association
State
GA; OH
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