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Clin Infect Dis. 2019 Feb 15;68(5):850-853. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciy669.

How Clean Is the Linen at My Hospital? The Mucorales on Unclean Linen Discovery Study of Large United States Transplant and Cancer Centers.

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1
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Pennsylvania.
2
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pennsylvania.
3
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pennsylvania.
4
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington, Seattle.
5
Jackson Health System, Miami, Florida.
6
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Madison.
7
Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.
8
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
9
University of Utah and Associated Regional and University Pathologists Laboratories, Salt Lake City.
10
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.
11
University of Utah Health Care Hospitals and Clinics, Salt Lake City.
12
University of Miami Hospital and Clinics/Sylvester Cancer Center, Florida.
13
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.
14
University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City.
15
UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California.
16
Augusta University Medical Center.
17
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.
18
University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle.
19
University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville.

Abstract

Mucormycosis outbreaks have been linked to contaminated linen. We performed fungal cultures on freshly-laundered linens at 15 transplant and cancer hospitals. At 33% of hospitals, the linens were visibly unclean. At 20%, Mucorales were recovered from >10% of linens. Studies are needed to understand the clinical significance of our findings.

KEYWORDS:

Mucorales ; Rhizopus ; Syncephalastrum ; healthcare linens; microbiologic surveillance

PMID:
30299481
DOI:
10.1093/cid/ciy669

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