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Document ID (ISN)77265
CIS number 01-1530
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) AhlÚn C., Mandal L.H., Johannessen L.N., Iversen O.J.
Title Survival of infectious Pseudomonas aeruginosa genotypes in occupational saturation diving environment and the significance of these genotypes for recurrent skin infections
Bibliographic information May 2000, Vol.37, No.5, p.493-500. Illus. 10 ref.
Abstract Occupational saturation divers suffer from various skin disorders, of which skin infections are the most serious and frequent. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is the microbe most often isolated. P.aeruginosa isolates from 292 skin infections in operational saturation divers and about 800 isolates from occupational saturation diving systems have been collected during the period 1986 to 1998. 472 P.aeruginosa isolates have been genetically analyzed, of which 181 originate from skin infections in divers. 97 different P.aeruginosa genotypes have been defined. Some of these genotypes are solely found from skin infections, some solely from the saturation environment and about 25% were found both from infections and from the saturation environment. Eight frequent infectious genotypes are shown to be present over several years, both in infections and in the saturation environment. The study suggests that skin infections in occupational saturation divers are commonly caused by environmental strains and not by diver-to-diver contagion.
Descriptors (primary) pathogenic bacteria; saturation diving; skin diseases
Descriptors (secondary) infectious diseases; determination in biological matter; sampling and analysis
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNorway
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Skin diseases