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A case exercise: outbreak investigation at a Vermont community hospital.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15958928     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Fifteen employees became ill with headaches, nausea, and vomiting due to chemical poisoning at a Vermont community hospital on January 3, 1980. An epidemiologic and environmental investigation was conducted to determine the source of the illness. The investigation discovered that the vapors of a chemical called xylene, which had previously been disposed of down a drain, were drawn back through the sewer into specific work areas. These vapors were determined to be the most likely cause of the illnesses. This outbreak investigation was used to create an exercise that has been used in a variety of teaching settings.
Doug Klaucke; Richard Vogt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of public health management and practice : JPHMP     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1078-4659     ISO Abbreviation:  J Public Health Manag Pract     Publication Date:    2005 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-06-16     Completed Date:  2005-08-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9505213     Medline TA:  J Public Health Manag Pract     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  301-5     Citation Subset:  T    
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Hazardous Substances / poisoning*
Hospitals, Community / organization & administration*
Maintenance and Engineering, Hospital
Middle Aged
Occupational Exposure / analysis*
Organizational Case Studies
Poisoning / epidemiology
Public Health Administration
Sanitary Engineering
Vermont / epidemiology
Waste Disposal, Fluid
Xylenes / poisoning*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Hazardous Substances; 0/Xylenes

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