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Document ID (ISN)41412
CIS number 84-473
ISSN - Serial title 0028-4793 - New England Journal of Medicine
Year 1983
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Dworsky M.E., Welch K., Cassady G., Stagno S.
Title Occupational risk for primary cytomegalovirus infection among pediatric health care workers
Bibliographic information 20 oct. 1983, Vol.309, No.16, p.950-953. 15 ref.
Abstract The prevalence of cytomegalovirus (CMV) antibody was determined in medical students, house staff, nurses and physicians, and pregnant and non-pregnant women in the community. Exposure of health-care workers was estimated by determining the prevalence of CMV infection in 3 groups of asymptomatic infants for whom they provided care. CMV was excreted in the urine or saliva of 1.6% of 2,899 newborns, 13% of 24 premature infants hospitalised for over a month, and 5% of 44 older infants seen as outpatients. Annual attack rates in the hospital students and staff were not higher than in the women in the community, and the risk of occupational contact is no larger than that faced by young women in the community at large.
Descriptors (primary) virus diseases; health services; women; biological hazards; hospitals
Descriptors (secondary) comparative study; serological reactions
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Viral diseases (other than aids)
Health care services
Biological hazards
Bacterial and parasitic diseases