Infection control lapses point to worker meningitis infections

OSHA Healthcare Connection, November 30, 2010

The CDC says that a lack of communication and inadequate infection control practices probably contributed to the meningitis infections of a healthcare worker and police officer last December in California.

The police officer was hospitalized for five days; the healthcare worker was hospitalized for 11 days.

The case-fatality rate for meningococcal disease is 10%-14%; survivors can experience brain damage, hearing loss, limb loss, and learning disabilities, according to the CDC.

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