Occupational Exposure to Orthopoxviruses Among Laboratory Personnel
Laboratory-acquired exposures to orthopoxviruses and subsequent infections are occasionally reported among laboratory personnel. In the United States, 14 Orthopoxvirus infections were reported during 2004–2014 among personnel working in diagnostic and research facilities. However, the true number of infections might be higher as not all Orthopoxvirus infections are reported.
Diagnostic and research facilities that handle Orthopoxviruses should therefore have established procedures instructing their staff in how to prevent and respond to occupational exposures.
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