Fomites

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Fomites are inanimate objects that can be contaminated with infectious organisms and serve as a route of transmission.[1] Fomites could include things like clothing, bedding, doorknobs, railings, neckties, stethoscopes, and IV units.

Fomite transmission of EVD is one of the recognized pathways to infection[2], occurring through contact of items contaminated with an infected person's bodily fluids.

  1. "definition of fomite". Author?. Pub date?. Web 29 Oct 2014 http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fomite
  2. "Ebola virus disease". Author WHO. Pub date Sep 2014. Web 29 Oct 2014 http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/