John D. Millar, M.D.
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Despite intensive recent interest in hospital-acquired bacterial infections, there has been much less interest in hospital-acquired viral illnesses. Hospital related outbreaks or instances of disease transmission in the hospital situation have been described for poliomyelitis, enteroviruses of the Coxsackie and ECHO type, herpes and vaccinia viruses, as well as respiratory syncytial virus. In many of these situations, the infections were of little clinical importance.
There are two disease whose epidemiologic patterns mark them as peculiarly hospital-acquired. The first, serum hepatitis, is related primarily to the receipt of blood and blood products, almost all of which are administered in hospitals. In
Millar JD. Viral Diseases as Hospital-Acquired Infections.. Ann Intern Med. 1964;61:809. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-61-4-809_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1964;61(4):809.
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