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Cluster of severe acute respiratory syndrome cases among protected health-care workers - Toronto, Canada, April 2003.
Ofner M; Lem M; Sarwal S; Vearncombe M; Simor A
MMWR 2003 May; 52(19):433-436
Infections among health-care workers (HCWs) have been a common feature of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) since its emergence. The majority of these infections have occurred in locations where infection-control precautions either had not been instituted or had been instituted but were not followed. Recommended infection-control precautions include the use of negative-pressure isolation rooms where available; N95 or higher level of respiratory protection; gloves, gowns, and eye protection; and careful hand hygiene. This report summarizes a cluster of SARS cases among HCWs in a hospital that occurred despite apparent compliance with recommended infection-control precautions.
Infectious-diseases; Infection-control; Health-care-facilities; Health-care-personnel; Respiratory-system-disorders; Controlled-environment; Worker-health; Personal-protective-equipment; Viral-infections; Disease-control; Disease-transmission
Issue of Publication
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division