Perioperative occupational exposure to Coxiella burnetii-Infected thoracic endovascular aneurysm stent graft

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Abstract

We conducted this study to determine the risk of transmission of Q fever to health care workers (HCWs) during perioperative exposure to Coxiellaburnetii-infected thoracic endovascular aneurysm stent graft. Pre-operative and 6-week post-operative phase I and II IgG Q fever antibody titers were determined in 14 staff members of an operation room. The room had a negative pressure and all the members of the surgical team wore either a fitted N-95 mask or a powered purified air respirator. Phase I and II IgG antibody titers were <1:16 for 11 of the 14 studied HCWs; 2 HCWs did not follow up at 6 weeks and 1 had a pre-exposure phase II IgG titer of 1:128 with no change 6 weeks later. We concluded that risk of transmission of C. burnetii in the operating room from infected patient to HCWs who wore appropriate personal protective equipment is low.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-49
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Coxiella burnetii
  • Health personnel
  • Infection control
  • Operating rooms
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Q fever
  • Stents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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