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  • Euro Surveill. Nosocomial outbreak of disseminated orf infection in a burn unit, Gaziantep, Turkey, October to December 2012

    [Source: Eurosurveillance, full text: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]
    Eurosurveillance, Volume 18, Issue 11, 14 March 2013

    Rapid communications

    Nosocomial outbreak of disseminated orf infection in a burn unit, Gaziantep, Turkey, October to December 2012

    K Midilli<SUP>1</SUP>, A Erkılıç<SUP>2</SUP>, M Kuşkucu<SUP>1</SUP>, H Analay<SUP>2</SUP>, S Erkılıç<SUP>3</SUP>, N Benzonana<SUP>4</SUP>, M S Yıldırım<SUP>2</SUP>, K Mülayim<SUP>2</SUP>, H Acar<SUP>4</SUP>, O Ergonul ()<SUP>5</SUP>
    1. Istanbul University, Cerrahpaşa Medical School, Istanbul
    2. Dr.Ersin Arslan Hospital, Gaziantep, Turkey
    3. Gaziantep University, School of Medicine, Gaziantep, Turkey
    4. Dr.Lütfü Kırdar Research and Tranining Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
    5. Koç University, School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey
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    Citation style for this article: Midilli K, Erkılıç A, Kuşkucu M, Analay H, Erkılıç S, Benzonana N, Yıldırım MS, Mülayim K, Acar H, Ergonul O. Nosocomial outbreak of disseminated orf infection in a burn unit, Gaziantep, Turkey, October to December 2012. Euro Surveill. 2013;18(11):pii=20425. Available online: http://www.eurosurveillance.org/View...rticleId=20425
    Date of submission: 15 January 2013
    <HR>We report the first outbreak of nosocomial orf infection in a hospital burn unit in Gaziantep, Turkey. The outbreak lasted from October to December 2012 and involved a total of thirteen cases. It demonstrates the risk of introduction of orf virus to a burn unit, and the potential for extensive transmission among patients with compromised skin integrity. The importance of hygiene measures and infection control are highlighted and possible transmission routes of the virus discussed.
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