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December 29, 1951


Author Affiliations

Dallas, Texas

From the Department of Bacteriology and Immunology, Southwestern Medical School of the University of Texas.

JAMA. 1951;147(18):1740-1745. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670350020006

Although numerous individual case reports of laboratory-acquired infections have appeared in the literature, few studies have given any indication of the magnitude of this problem as it relates to the occupational health of laboratory workers. As a matter of fact, until recently little consideration at all has been given to the need for adequate protection of personnel who come in daily contact with disease-producing agents. By means of a questionnaire circularized to 98 laboratories in the United States, Meyer and Eddie1 assembled pertinent information regarding laboratory infections due to Brucella. From published reports and personal communications we collected data regarding the occurrence of viral infections contracted in laboratories in the United States and elsewhere in the hope that such information would indicate where the greatest need for caution exists in work with viruses.2 In all, 222 cases with 21 deaths were summarized. In a more recent extensive survey

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