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J Hosp Infect. 2012 Jul;81(3):199-201. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2012.04.016. Epub 2012 May 23.

Role of occupational health staff in investigation of invasive group A streptococcal infection hospital outbreak.

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Department of Microbiology, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK. emma.johnson@sth.nhs.uk

Abstract

Healthcare workers (HCWs) are commonly implicated as index cases during investigation of invasive group A streptococcus (GAS) hospital outbreaks. Staff screening may be needed but guidelines on implementation vary. We conducted an analysis to find common exposures in patients infected with a rare type of GAS and staff were asked to self-screen. Swabs were negative, but as the outbreak continued, specific HCWs were asked to attend the occupational health department. The index case was then identified as having a skin disorder infected with same rare GAS. We describe the importance of occupational health clinical review of HCWs during an outbreak.

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22633276
DOI:
10.1016/j.jhin.2012.04.016
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