fomite


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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

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

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.
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In addition, although we identified NiV RNA on various surfaces, the presence of nucleic acid does not confirm contamination with a viable virus nor does it indicate that fomites are important for NiV transmission.
Patients often grip the handles of the armchair during examinations, likely leading to the increased numbers detected on this type of fomite. The presence of E.
Data on survival of MRSA on fomites directly associated with clinical laboratory practice was not found in a comprehensive literature search.
Most recognized that the illness is contagious but disagreed on how it is transmitted, i.e., from contaminated air, bodily secretions, or fomites. The belief that fomites are responsible for TB transmission is common throughout Latin America and other regions (14, 17, 22-26).
* Fomites (or vehicles) such as animal bedding that have become contaminated by blood, saliva, urine, feces, vomit, exudates, respiratory secretions, or milk may be a source of indirect transmission of infectious agents.
A system analysis of fomites with infection potential and vectors of microbial cross contamination in hospital radiology departments.
She published two poetry collections Improvisational Arguments (Fomite Press, 2011) and Battle for Athens (Anaphora, 2012).
Articles such as charts, bins, pens, medical notes, phones and computer keyboards, staff aprons and other nonmedical devices may acts as a fomite.
"Taken together, the information about the infection of this patient suggests the use of shared manicure instruments as an alternative route of fomite HIV-1 transmission," the case study published by the (http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/aid.2014.0264) AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses stated .
Orf (also known as ecthyma contagiosum or contagious pustular dermatitis) is primarily a disease of sheep and goats; man is infected on coming in contact with infected sheep or goats or with a fomite carrying the orf virus.1 The first phase of the disease is characterised by the appearance of a small papule one week after the exposure.
Fomite management should be a component of either therapy.