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Brucella abortus infection acquired in microbiology laboratories

Fiori, Pier Luigi and Mastrandrea, Scilla and Rappelli, Paola and Cappuccinelli, Pietro Antonio (2000) Brucella abortusinfection acquired in microbiology laboratories. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Vol. 38 (5), p. 2005-2006. eISSN 1098-660X. Article.

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Abstract

We report an outbreak of laboratory-acquired Brucella abortus infection originating in the accidental breakage of a centrifuge tube. A total of 12 laboratory workers were infected (attack rate of 31%), with an incubation time ranging from 6 weeks to 5 months. Antibody titers were evaluated weekly in all personnel exposed, allowing the diagnosis of the infection in most cases before the onset of clinical symptoms, so that specific therapy could be administrated.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:7901
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Brucellosis, transmission, microbiology laboratories
Subjects:Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/07 Microbiologia e microbiologia clinica
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Scienze biomediche
001 Università di Sassari > 03 Istituti > Malattie infettive e parassitarie
Publisher:American Society for Microbiology
eISSN:1098-660X
Deposited On:29 Aug 2012 10:29

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