Sharing is not always a good thing: Use of a DNA marker to investigate the potential for ward-to-ward dissemination of healthcare-associated pathogens



Alhmidi H, Cadnum JL, Jencson AL, Gweder AA, Donskey CJ.


Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2019 Feb;40(2):214-216. doi: 10.1017/ice.2018.320. Epub 2018 Dec 7.


A DNA marker inoculated onto portable equipment on a medical ward was disseminated to other wards when equipment was shared and to a physician work room and the hospital cafeteria by personnel. These results demonstrate the plausibility of pathogen transmission in healthcare facilities in the absence of shared ward exposure.

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Link/DOI: 10.1017/ice.2018.320