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Volume 7, Number 2—April 2001
4th Decennial International Conference on Nosocomial and Healthcare-Associated Infections

Prevention is Primary

"Cloud" Health-Care Workers

Robert J. SherertzComments to Author , Stefano Bassetti, and Barbara Bassetti-Wyss
Author affiliations: Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

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Table 2

Hospital group A streptococcal outbreaks suggesting airborne transmission by asymptomatic health-care workers

Reference Health-care worker Source of GASa,b Patient population Infected patients (no.)
McKee (14,15) Attendant Rectum Gynecologic 11
Schaffner (16) Anesthesiologist Rectum Surgical 20
Berkelman (17) OR nurse Vagina Surgical 10
Mastro (18) OR technician Scalp Surgical 20

aGAS air cultures were all positive
bGAS = Group A Streptococcus, OR = operating room

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