Journal Article

Nosocomial Aspergillosis Is Waterborne

Elias J. Anaissie and Silvia F. Costa

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 33, issue 9, pages 1546-1548
Published in print November 2001 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online November 2001 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/322967
Nosocomial Aspergillosis Is Waterborne

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Nosocomial invasive aspergillosis can cause life-threatening infections among immunosuppressed patients and is thought to be primarily airborne. Despite the use of appropriate hospital air filtration systems, however, the incidence of this infection continues to increase. In this article, we present our hypothesis, which is that nosocomial aspergillosis can be airborne from a water source in the hospital. If confirmed by ongoing studies, this hypothesis would imply a change in the current infection control practices aimed at preventing nosocomial aspergillosis.

Journal Article.  1788 words. 

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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