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fomite

[′fō‚mīt]
(medicine)
An inanimate object contaminated with an infectious organism (for example, a dish, clothing, towel, needle, or dust).
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Bacterial flora of fomites in a Nigerian multi-disciplinary intensive care unit.
Hospital staff and family caregivers can acquire infections through direct patient contact or contaminated fomites (18,19).
Indirect contact involves contact with an intermediate inanimate surface (fomite), such as a doorknob or bedrail that is contaminated.
(2) Since MRSA can harbor on many surfaces in hospitals such as floors and door handles even after disinfection, (3) MRSA can be indirectly transmitted through fomites, or contaminated inanimate objects, causing infections.
This project investigated the effectiveness of cleaning procedures used in the fitness, weight, and locker rooms of Ohio Northern University (ONU) athletic facilities by monitoring bacterial contamination of fomites. Additional tests were used to evaluate the presence of a common skin microbe, Staphylococcus spp., and in particular, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
The transmission modes most frequently identified were direct exposure to the coughing or sneezing of a person with TB, contact with their discarded sputum or urine, or contact with fomites through sharing eating and drinking utensils, towels, blankets, bedding, and clothing (Table 2).
Nonliving reservoirs include air, soil, dust, food, milk, water, and fomites (objects that are able to transfer disease organisms).
Should the temporary tape found on radiographic film markers be considered a fomite? This quasi-experimental study investigated whether the adhesive tape used on radiographic film markers is a potential source of infection transmission.
Clinical practice: Colonization, fomites, and virulence: Rethinking the pathogenesis of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection.