publication . Article . 2016

Risk Factors for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Infection among Healthcare Personnel

Basem Alraddadi; Hanadi Alsalmi; Kara Jacobs-Slifka; Rachel B Slayton; Concepcion F. Estivariz; Andrew I. Geller; Hanan H. Al-Turkistani; Sanaa S. Al-Rehily; Haleema Ali Alserehi; Ghassan Wali; ...
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  • Published: 11 Oct 2016 Journal: Emerging Infectious Diseases, volume 22, pages 1,915-1,920 (issn: 1080-6040, eissn: 1080-6059, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Abstract
Healthcare settings can amplify transmission of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), but knowledge gaps about the epidemiology of transmission remain. We conducted a retrospective cohort study among healthcare personnel in hospital units that treated MERS-CoV patients. Participants were interviewed about exposures to MERS-CoV patients, use of personal protective equipment, and signs and symptoms of illness after exposure. Infection status was determined by the presence of antibodies against MERS-CoV. To assess risk factors, we compared infected and uninfected participants. Healthcare personnel caring for MERS-CoV patients were at high risk fo...
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free text keywords: Occupational safety and health, Retrospective cohort study, Health care, business.industry, business, Personal protective equipment, Emergency medicine, medicine.medical_specialty, medicine, Epidemiology, Young adult, Cohort, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, medicine.disease_cause, Intensive care medicine
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