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Volume 15, Number 9—September 2009

Research

Nurses’ Contacts and Potential for Infectious Disease Transmission

Helen BernardComments to Author , Richela Fischer, Rafael T. Mikolajczyk, Mirjam Kretzschmar, and Manfred Wildner
Author affiliations: Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany (H. Bernard); Bavarian Health and Food Safety Authority, Oberschleissheim, Germany (H. Bernard, R. Fischer, M. Wildner); University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany (R.T. Mikolajczyk); National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, the Netherlands (M. Kretzschmar); University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands (M. Kretzschmar).

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Table 2

Characteristics of 5,161 contacts reported by surveyed nurses, Bavaria, Germany, April–July 2007

Characteristic Reported contacts, no. (%)
Place of contact
Work 4,207 (82)
Home 226 (4)
Transportation 32 (<1)
Other places 349 (7)
Multiple locations 232 (4)
Not specified
115 (2)
Contact duration
<15 minutes 2,650 (51)
>15–60 minutes 1,244 (24)
>1 hour 1,202 (23)
Not specified
65 (1)
Contact intensity
Skin-to-skin 2,646 (51)
Not skin-to-skin 2,331 (45)
Not specified
184 (4)
Age of contact person, y
<20 284 (6)
20–39 1,535 (30)
40–59 1,558 (30)
>60 1,776 (34)
Not specified
8 (<1)
Age of person contacted at work, y*
<20 160 (4)
20–39 1,171 (28)
40–59 1,264 (30)
>60 1,611 (38)
Not specified
1 (<1)
Age of person contacted outside work, y†
<20 94 (15)
20–39 226 (37)
40–59 204 (34)
>60 83 (14)

*n = 4,207.
†n = 607.

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