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An outbreak of Haemophilus influenzae type b bacteraemia in an intermediate care hospital for children.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Hospital Infection
0195-6701
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
11
Issue
2
Pages
121–126
Identifiers
PMID: 2896679
Source
Medline

Abstract

An outbreak of Haemophilus influenzae type b bacteraemia in the infant unit of a paediatric intermediate care hospital is described. A high attack rate of 36% (four of 11 patients) was found, which was of concern in a population already compromised by chronic illness. The use of rifampicin for all patients in the unit, and staff coming into contact with them, as well as general infection control measures, brought the outbreak to an abrupt halt. The place of rifampicin prophylaxis for hospital contacts of patients with systemic H. influenzae is discussed.

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