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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
August 21, 2013

Health Worker’s Rare Occupational Infection Serves as a Warning

JAMA. 2013;310(7):683. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.135334

A Minnesota phlebotomist who acquired an on-the-job Salmonella infection offers a cautionary tale reminding health professionals to use proven infection control measures.

The phlebotomist had drawn blood from 2 patients hospitalized last January for dehydration. Both patients had Salmonella I 4,12:i:1,2 infections that were part of a multistate outbreak traced to frozen mice purchased to feed snakes. The phlebotomist reported using gloves while drawing blood and hadn’t had contact with feeder mice.