Nosocomial transmission of hepatitis a from a hospital-acquired case

Christie M. Reed, Tracy L. Gustafson, Jane Siegel, Patti Duer

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An outbreak of hepatitis A occurred in a pediatric hospital in Texas. The index case had been admitted during the incubation period for cardiac surgery and developed symptoms while hospitalized. A child in a nearby bed acquired hepatitis A, as did three staff members. The second child was still hospitalized when she developed symptoms and infected 12 nurses, 3 physicians, 2 medical students, 2 patients and 1 respiratory therapist. Children with diarrhea can effectively disseminate this virus even when normal hospital routines and rules of hygiene are observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPediatric Infectious Disease
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medicine(all)


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