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Quality of the Evidence for Sameness of Two Infectious Isolates

Specialty:

Infectious Diseases

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Description:

An outbreak of an infectous disease requires spread of the same organism to 2 or more individuals. There are many types of evidence that can be used to determine if the same organism is present, but the quality of the evidence varies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) have developed surveillance definitions for health care-associated infection (HCAI) and specific types of infections in health care settings.

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