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Control of Influenza A on a Bone Marrow Transplant Unit

  • David M. Weinstock (a1), Janet Eagan (a2), Sharp Abdel Malak (a2), Maureen Rogers, Holly Wallace, Timothy E. Kiehn (a2) and Kent A. Sepkowitz (a2) (a1)...

In January 1998, an outbreak of influenza A occurred on our adult bone marrow transplant unit. Aggressive infection control measures were instituted to halt further nosocomial spread. A new, more rigorous approach was implemented for the 1998/99 influenza season and was extremely effective in preventing nosocomial influenza at our institution.

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Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Ave, New York, NY 10021
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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
  • ISSN: 0899-823X
  • EISSN: 1559-6834
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