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J Clin Microbiol. Dec 1997; 35(12): 3163–3165.
PMCID: PMC230141

Outbreak of Shigella sonnei in a clinical microbiology laboratory.

Abstract

Laboratory technologists (22%) developed infections with Shigella sonnei. The isolates had the same antibiogram and pulse-field gel electrophoresis pattern as an unknown isolate handled by a laboratory student. Covering faucet handles with paper towels during hand washing in the laboratory was protective. No further cases occurred after the laboratory was cleaned with a phenolic agent and a handle-free faucet was installed.

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