|Document ID (ISN)||53246|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0096-1736 - Journal of Occupational Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Doyle L., Gallagher K., Health B.S., Patterson W.B.
||An outbreak of infectious conjunctivitis spread by microscopes
||Sep. 1989, Vol.31, No.9, p.758-762. 12 ref.
||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.
||USA; laboratory work; conjunctivitis; infection control; eyes; microelectronics; biological hazards; microbial pollution; light microscopy
||case study; disinfection of equipment
||D - Periodical articles
|Broad subject area(s)
||Diseases of the eye and vision damage
Manufacturing of electrical appliances and equipment