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fo·mes

, pl.

fom·i·tes

(fō'mēz, fōm'i-tēz),
Objects, such as clothing, towels, and utensils that possibly harbor a disease agent and are capable of transmitting it; usually used in the plural.
Synonym(s): fomite
[L. tinder, fr. foveo, to keep warm]

fomite

/fo·mite/ (fo´mīt) fomes.

fomite

(fō′mīt′)
n.
An inanimate object or substance that is capable of transmitting infectious organisms from one individual to another.

fomite

[fō′mīt]
Etymology: L, fomes, tinder
nonliving material such as bed linen that may transmit microorganisms.

fomite

Any inanimate or nonpathogenic substance or material (e.g., sheets, surfaces of furniture, papers and so forth), exclusive of food, which may act as a vector for a pathogen.

fomite

Epidemiology An inanimate object–sheets, clothing, in an environment that may harbor pathogens and thus be a passive vector for infection. See Vector.

fomite

any inanimate object via which pathogenic organisms may be transferred, although it does not support their growth; for example, a book.

Fomite

An inanimate object that can transmit infectious organisms.
Mentioned in: Otitis Media

fomite (fomes) (fō´mīt, fō´mēz),

n a nonliving object that may carry germs. An inanimate source of disease, such as a drinking glass used by an infected person.
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Fluorescent microscopy and viability testing A piece of inoculated fomite from which no culturable S.
The experiment was performed in triplicate and replicated three times for each surface type (n = 3 samples/fomite at each time point * 3 fomites * 11 time points [including zero point] * 3 replications = 297 samples).
Viral RNA was purified from fomite and stool samples using QIAamp Viral RNA Mini Kit (Qiagen, 2005).
Transmission of orf virus to humans occurs after contact with infected or recently vaccinated animals and/or fomites in conjunction with skin trauma.
Outbreaks not associated with contaminated food or water but spread through person-to-person contact or from fomites tend to occur in crowded settings, such as cruise ships, camps, shelters, and hospital wards (1-4).
Seasonal influenza A is transmitted directly by large droplets, or indirectly by fomites (7).
Identification of fomites for possible NiV transmission would help design interventions prioritizing the area of hospital wards for disinfection to reduce surface contamination and possible risk for fomite transmission.
Regardless, the risk of CA-MRSA transmission through an intermediary fomite is not well understood (Benjamin, Nikore, & Takagishi, 2007).
Peter Nash; PARSIMONY; Fomite Press (Fiction: Literary) 15.
The main critical control points remain prevention of fomite spread into poultry premises and stopping direct and indirect contact between wild birds and domestic poultry.
In the clinical setting, fomite contamination occurs by touch via infected patients or staff, and from the settling of aerosols (e.
I agree that, in the clinical setting with an actual patient and a nurse working at the bedside, it would be best if the nurse's hair was tied back and the arms and hands should be free of anything that would act as a fomite or that would make hand hygiene difficult.