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Document ID (ISN)68327
CIS number 97-295
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Gallagher J., Quaid B., Cryan B.
Title Susceptibility to varicella zoster virus infection in health care workers
Bibliographic information Aug. 1996, Vol.46, No.4, p.289-292. 12 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) virus diseases; health care personnel; hospitals; infection control
Descriptors (secondary) chickenpox
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceIreland
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Viral diseases (other than aids)
Health care services
Bacterial and parasitic diseases