Author(s): Pike RM
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Abstract Instances of overt laboratory-associated infection recorded in published reports and additional cases disclosed by questionnaires and personal communications have been tabulated. Of a total of 3921 cases, 2465 occurred in the United States and 164 were fatal. Only 64\% of the cases were reported in the literature. Analysis of the available information revealed that only 18\% of the infections were due to known accidents; 42\% were caused by bacteria; 27\% by viruses; 15\% by rickettsiae; 9\% by fungi; 3\% by chlamydiae; and 3\% by parasites. It may be significant that fewer infections have been recorded in the past decade than in any of the four preceding decades. Possible reasons for this apparent decrease are discussed.
This article was published in Health Lab Sci
and referenced in Journal of Bioterrorism & Biodefense