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 [fo´mēz] (pl. fo´mites) (L.)
an inanimate object or material on which disease-producing agents may be conveyed.


Plural of fomes.


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.


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.


see fomes.
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Significance of fomites in the spread of respiratory and enteric viral disease.
91E3, as several fomites including the dentist chair arm rests, dental tool handles, cabinet handles, dentist examination lights, and patient room sink faucets yielded HPC bacterial levels below detection during the prehygienic intervention swabbing phase.
Huang R, Mehta S, Weed D, Price C, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Survival on Hospital Fomites.
The bacteria are maintained in a herd by carriers and spread by direct contact (head to head), the activity of flies and inanimate fomites (fence posts, feed barriers etc).
Por otro lado, se ha demostrado que la contaminacion de fomites por microorganismos patogenos esta asociada a un aumento del riesgo de infecciones intrahospitalarias a traves de transmision cruzada de dichos microorganismos (3,6-8) generando mayor tiempo de estancia hospitalaria y futuras complicaciones en los pacientes (9).
The bacteria can also be spread by fomites (brushes, halters, harnesses and water troughs) and people in close contact with horses (owners, farriers, veterinarians and grooms) are at greater risk of contracting Glanders.
En el modelo se asumieron dos formas de transmision: la transmision a traves de contacto directo, es decir, a traves del movimiento de animales infectados de una granja a otra; y la transmision a traves de difusion local, que incluye la transmision mediante contacto indirecto por via aerogena y por movimiento de fomites infectados de una granja a otra.
The spread of these microbes can occur by direct human contact, airborne vectors or through fomites (surfaces that harbor microbes), which include nonwovens.
Humans are accidental hosts and are infected by the ingestion of ova from fomites or contaminated water, and by direct contact with dogs.
1,3) One study showed that the rate of transfer of Staphylococcus aureus organisms from a contaminated object from a single hand contact was 100%, so the degree of risk from fomites is relatively high.
A transmissao mecanica por vetores biologicos, insetos hematofagos ou fomites ocorre na anaplasmose causada por Anaplasma marginale, outro componente do complexo TPB.