|Document ID (ISN)||68327|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Gallagher J., Quaid B., Cryan B.
||Susceptibility to varicella zoster virus infection in health care workers
||Aug. 1996, Vol.46, No.4, p.289-292. 12 ref.
||Analysis of blood samples from 970 health care workers in a hospital in Ireland showed that 928 (95.7%) were immune to the varicella zoster virus (VZV) (chickenpox) and 42 (4.3%) were non-immune. Of the 894 clinical staff tested, 4.5% were non-immune. The advantages and disadvantages of selective staff screening are discussed. It is considered that all health care workers involved in the clinical care of patients should be screened for past VZV infection before taking up duty; those who are susceptible to VZV should be made aware of the risks and health effects associated with the disease.
||virus diseases; health care personnel; hospitals; infection control
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Ireland|
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
||Viral diseases (other than aids)
Health care services
Bacterial and parasitic diseases