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close contact

Epidemiology Any person who has been in intimate contact for a period of time with a person with infectious TB

close contact

In public health and infectious diseases, anyone who repeatedly and regularly shares the living space of someone with a contagious disease.

Patient care

The sharing of body fluids and blood with another person constitutes close contact, as does the bathing, clothing, and toileting of the sick person. Close contacts with contagious people may need prophylactic treatment, quarantine, or observation to ensure their health and the health of others. Those who have casual contact with a sick person typically do not require these measures.

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It requires prolonged and close contact with somebody who has TB, such as someone living in the same house, and it can be completely cured with a course of antibiotics.
He remains in stable condition and those in close contact with him have shown no abnormalities.
A second pharyngeal swab specimen was collected for testing for pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus if any of the following symptoms developed in a close contact during quarantine: axillary temperature [greater than or equal to] 37.
The United States said Tuesday it will maintain close contacts with Japan on a row over where a major U.
In the east of England, an adult who recently visited the US, a child who recently visited Mexico, an adult who had close contact with a previously confirmed case, and an adult whose source of infection remains under investigation
The National Public Health Service for Wales (NPHS) said the risk of TB, which can only be spread by very close contact, was 'very low'.
Normal amyloidbeta that came in close contact with these seeds appeared to have become similarly misshapen, multiplying and spreading the problem proteins.
Klug's Luther seems to have dropped out of heaven to lead the Reformation rather than being a person of his times--one who inherited a rich Catholic piety, was at the front of humanist scholarship, and developed his ideas in close contact with other clergy, teachers, and reformers.
According to Szymczyk, "We always dreamed of developing a top quality, waterfront property to put people in close contact with the beautiful nature of the Atlantic Ocean.
While the Army and Marines are keeping in close contact with convoy commanders, I can then coordinate with the Joint STARS Air Force assets on the aircraft to direct air support either as a show of force or to take out the enemy," he said.
Of those eight, two reported close contact with a person who had diarrheal illness.