Friday, February 21, 2014

Person to person transmission of Pneumocystis jirovecii

These investigators noted positive serology in health care workers exposed to patients hospitalized with Pneumocystis jirovecii (formerly known as PCP). The concern is that these individuals (who don't become ill because they're immunocompetent) could transmit the disease to immunocompromised patients. Such a transmission sequence has been demonstrated in mice. Whether these findings warrant a change in infection control policies in hospitals is unknown.

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