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Cluster of Cases of Invasive Aspergillosis in a Transplant Intensive Care Unit: Evidence of Person-to-Person Airborne Transmission

David A. Pegues, Brent A. Lasker, Michael M. McNeil, Patricia M. Hamm, Judy L. Lundal and Bernard M. Kubak

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 34, issue 3, pages 412-416
Published in print February 2002 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online February 2002 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/338025
Cluster of Cases of Invasive Aspergillosis in a Transplant Intensive Care Unit: Evidence of Person-to-Person Airborne Transmission

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In October 1998, a patient developed deep surgical-site and organ-space infection with Aspergillus fumigatus 11 days after undergoing liver retransplantation; subsequently, 2 additional patients in the transplant intensive care unit had invasive pulmonary infection with A. fumigatus diagnosed. It was determined that debriding and dressing wounds infected with Aspergillus species may result in aerosolization of spores and airborne person-to-person transmission.

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

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