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Chapter 15.1 : Introduction

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Abstract:

Laboratory workers are at high risk for occupational exposure to infectious agents. Infections can be acquired from exposure to contaminated blood, tissue, and other material. The greatest risks for clinical microbiologists are associated with the processing of specimens and the manipulating of pathogens isolated from these materials. The actual incidence of laboratory-acquired infections is probably higher than recognized due to subclinical symptoms and poor compliance in reporting.

Citation: Garcia L. 2010. Introduction, p 648-648. In Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook, 3rd Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555817435.ch15.1
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