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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Authors
Raleigh-K; Isadore-J
Source
SENSOR Occup Lung Dis Bull 2004 Mar; :1-2
NIOSHTIC No.
20042687
Abstract
This issue of the Occupational Lung Disease Bulletin provides a summary of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) pandemic, which affected over 8,000 people worldwide. The original outbreak in Beijing led to cases among healthcare workers in more than 70 hospitals, transmission to patients and visitors, and closing and quarantining of hospitals. Among probable cases analyzed in the Beijing outbreak, 16% occurred in healthcare workers (Liang W et al. Severe acute respiratory syndrome, Beijing, 2003. Emerging Infectious Disease 10(1) Jan 2004.). In the US, only 161 probable cases were identified, and very few cases were reported among healthcare workers. Lack of transmission may have resulted from treating few highly infectious patients or using few high-risk procedures (Park BJ et al Lack o SARS transmission among healthcare workers, United States Emerging Infectious Disease 10(2) Feb 2004]. To protect healthcare workers and prevent amplification in health care facilities, OSHA has emphasized the importance of workplace precautions. These include: appropriate ventilation, including isolation rooms with negative pressure and HEPA filtration; standard precautions, including work practices and PPE (N95 respirator, gowns, gloves); and housekeeping. Early case identification and hospital practices that protect against airborne diseases are crucial steps to ensure that healthcare workers are protected.
Keywords
Occupational-diseases; Occupational-health; Lung-disease; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Employee-exposure; Health-care; Surveillance-programs; Lung-irritants; Medical-services; Medical-screening; Health-care-personnel; Infection-control; Infectious-diseases; Contagious-diseases; Disease-control; Disease-transmission; Disease-prevention; Safety-measures; Protective-measures; Ventilation; Engineering-controls; Environmental-control-equipment; Work-practices; Protective-clothing; Protective-equipment; Personal-protective-equipment; Respirators; Airborne-particles
Contact
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, 250 Washington Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
Publication Date
20040301
Document Type
Other
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-103010
Source Name
SENSOR Occupational Lung Disease Bulletin
State
MA
Performing Organization
Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
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