Half of healthcare workers infected with H1N1 influenza A, commonly known as swine flu, acquired the virus in a healthcare setting and did not use all recommended forms of personal protective equipment on a consistent basis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The Atlanta-based agency said it had solicited reports from state health departments to better understand the risk of infection among healthcare personnel and the effect of infection-control procedures. By mid-May, the CDC had received 48 reports of confirmed or probable cases of the infection; of those, 26 reports included detailed case reports with information regarding risk factors that could have led to the infection. Of the 26 cases, 13 were deemed to have acquired infection in a healthcare setting. None of the healthcare personnel infected by ill patients reported fully adhering to CDCs recommendations on infection control for care of patients with novel H1N1 virus infection in healthcare settings, according to the reports synopsis.
Late News: Flu precautions not always followed by sick workers: CDC
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