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Document ID (ISN)53246
CIS number 90-321
ISSN - Serial title 0096-1736 - Journal of Occupational Medicine
Year 1989
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Doyle L., Gallagher K., Health B.S., Patterson W.B.
Title An outbreak of infectious conjunctivitis spread by microscopes
Bibliographic information Sep. 1989, Vol.31, No.9, p.758-762. 12 ref.
Abstract Among the potential occupational hazards of microscope use is the transmission of infectious agents among employees. A large (145 cases) and costly ($647 000) epidemic of viral conjunctivitis in a microelectronics factory is reported. Spread of the illness appeared to be through sharing of microscopes among employees. Routine handwashing instructions and safety glasses failed to prevent spread of the epidemic. Mandatory screening prior to work and temporary plant shut-down were finally successful. Efforts to control this outbreak and recommendations to prevent similar epidemics in other workplaces are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) USA; laboratory work; conjunctivitis; infection control; eyes; microelectronics; biological hazards; microbial pollution; light microscopy
Descriptors (secondary) case study; disinfection of equipment
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the eye and vision damage
Biological hazards
Electronics industry
Environmental pollution
Manufacturing of electrical appliances and equipment
Air pollution