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Laboratory-acquired meningococcal disease - United States, 2000.
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
MMWR 2002 Feb; 51(7):141-144
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.
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
Issue of Publication
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
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