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Article: An Outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome among Hospital Workers in a Community Hospital in Hong Kong

TitleAn Outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome among Hospital Workers in a Community Hospital in Hong Kong
Authors
Issue Date2003
PublisherAmerican College of Physicians. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.annals.org
Citation
Annals of Internal Medicine, 2003, v. 139 n. 7, p. 564-567 How to Cite?
AbstractBACKGROUND: During outbreaks, hospital workers are at high risk for nosocomial infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)-associated coronavirus. OBJECTIVE: To examine how hospital workers became infected and whether they transmit the virus to their families. DESIGN: Retrospective descriptive study. SETTING: 529-bed community hospital in Hong Kong. PATIENTS: 40 hospital workers infected with SARS-associated coronavirus over a 6-week period (25 March through 5 May 2003). MEASUREMENTS: Percentage of infected hospital workers according to job category. RESULTS: The cumulative incidence was highest among health care assistants, followed by physicians and nurses (8%, 5%, and 4%, respectively). Most hospital workers were infected from direct contact with patients with SARS, who primarily were in general wards and had unsuspected infection. At the time of contact, all hospital workers had used masks but not necessarily other protective devices. Affected hospital workers did not infect their families. CONCLUSION: Before isolation of all patients with clinically confirmed or suspected SARS, routine use of several protective devices, and training of staff in infection control, many health care workers were infected with SARS from patients with unsuspected cases.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/210251
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dc.contributor.authorHo, AS-
dc.contributor.authorSung, JJY-
dc.contributor.authorChan-Yeung, M-
dc.date.accessioned2015-06-01T08:08:05Z-
dc.date.available2015-06-01T08:08:05Z-
dc.date.issued2003-
dc.identifier.citationAnnals of Internal Medicine, 2003, v. 139 n. 7, p. 564-567-
dc.identifier.issn0003-4819-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/210251-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: During outbreaks, hospital workers are at high risk for nosocomial infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)-associated coronavirus. OBJECTIVE: To examine how hospital workers became infected and whether they transmit the virus to their families. DESIGN: Retrospective descriptive study. SETTING: 529-bed community hospital in Hong Kong. PATIENTS: 40 hospital workers infected with SARS-associated coronavirus over a 6-week period (25 March through 5 May 2003). MEASUREMENTS: Percentage of infected hospital workers according to job category. RESULTS: The cumulative incidence was highest among health care assistants, followed by physicians and nurses (8%, 5%, and 4%, respectively). Most hospital workers were infected from direct contact with patients with SARS, who primarily were in general wards and had unsuspected infection. At the time of contact, all hospital workers had used masks but not necessarily other protective devices. Affected hospital workers did not infect their families. CONCLUSION: Before isolation of all patients with clinically confirmed or suspected SARS, routine use of several protective devices, and training of staff in infection control, many health care workers were infected with SARS from patients with unsuspected cases.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherAmerican College of Physicians. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.annals.org-
dc.relation.ispartofAnnals of Internal Medicine-
dc.subject.meshCross Infection - epidemiology - prevention & control - transmission-
dc.subject.meshDisease Outbreaks - prevention & control-
dc.subject.meshInfectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional - prevention & control-
dc.subject.meshPersonnel, Hospital-
dc.subject.meshSevere Acute Respiratory Syndrome - epidemiology - prevention & control - transmission-
dc.titleAn Outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome among Hospital Workers in a Community Hospital in Hong Kong-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailChan-Yeung, M: mmwchan@hku.hk-
dc.description.naturelink_to_OA_fulltext-
dc.identifier.doi10.7326/0003-4819-139-7-200310070-00008-
dc.identifier.pmid14530227-
dc.identifier.hkuros84466-
dc.identifier.volume139-
dc.identifier.issue7-
dc.identifier.spage564-
dc.identifier.epage567-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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