The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) has released new guidelines for the protection of health care workers exposed to Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
"The increase in TB cases and emergence of multidrug-resistant TB strains increase the risk of health care workers acquiring serious TB infections which may not respond to usual therapy," said Lawrence Raymond, MD, lead author of the guidelines and a member of the ACOEM Lung Disorders Committee that developed them. The guidelines note that as of 1995, at least 19 health care workers had been infected with strains of multidrug-resistant TB, and eight of them have died.
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