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 [fo´mēz] (pl. fo´mites) (L.)
an inanimate object or material on which disease-producing agents may be conveyed.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


Plural of fomes.
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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.
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Anything that has been in contact with a person suffering from an infectious disease, and which may transmit the infection to others. Fomites include sheets, towels, dressings, clothes, face flannels, crockery and cutlery, books and papers.
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A similar study used the QMRA framework to determine that the concentration of virus on fomites is the parameter most strongly linked to the estimated dose of the virus to cause a nondietary infection (Julian, Canales, Leckie, & Boehm, 2009).
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.
A concern with Staphylococcus aureus has emerged because of the possibility that fomites may play a significant role in the transferral of S.
Bacteria viruses and toxins can be spread through the contamination of food water or fomites; via vectors such as insects; or as aerosols
After various periods of time--two to eight hours--the research team sampled 60 to 100 fomites, surfaces capable of carrying infectious organisms (such as light switches, push buttons, coffee pots handles, sink tap handles, phones and computer equipment) for the phages.
; Three likely route of transmission: airborne, droplet and fomites.
Transmission of virus from person to person is generally by contact with secretions from eyes, nose or mouth, and via fomites such as contaminated towels.
Seja qual for o processo de obtencao do leite, a higiene da ordenha e de fundamental importancia, pois muitos dos micro-organismos causadores de mastite encontram-se no ambiente, nas maos do ordenhador ou em fomites contaminados e podem chegar a glandula mamaria por praticas higienico-sanitarias incorretas.
These are called fomites (places that can spread disease).
Hats, combs, clothing, and sheets rarely serve as fomites for louse transmission, and washing these items in hot water should easily kill any remaining lice and nits.
Transmission of lice occurs by direct contact with an infested person or transferred by fomites. Carpeting, pillows, bed linens, hats, brushes, and ribbons from infested children are all possible fomites or sources of transmission.