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Varicella‐Zoster Screening and Management Programs in Healthcare Facilities in Canada

Nathalie Lussier , MD, Karl Weiss , MD, MSc and Michel Laverdière , MD, MSc
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 20, No. 8 (August 1999), pp. 562-563
DOI: 10.1086/501671
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ABSTRACT A 24‐question survey on varicella‐zoster screening programs and control measures for varicella‐zoster infections was sent to 170 Canadian healthcare facilities. The results indicated that 60% of Canadian healthcare facilities have well‐established preemployment varicella‐zoster screening programs for healthcare workers. Overall, 30% of healthcare facilities impose work restrictions for susceptible healthcare workers, 49% use negative‐pressure rooms for varicella‐zoster management, and 28% have a policy to discharge susceptible exposed patients. Large variations exist among Canadian healthcare facilities in their varicella‐zoster infection control policies.

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