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AIDS infects health workers.

AIDS infects health workers

Three health care workers, whose skinwas exposed to the blood of AIDS patients last year, have become infected with the AIDS virus, the Centers for Disease Control reported this week.

Unlike the six previously reportedAIDS infections in health workers, the new cases apparently did not involve inadvertent injections of infected blood. While they do not know the exact route of transmission, CDC officials say the virus may have passed through chapped or inflamed areas of unprotected skin, or through the mucous membrane in the mouth of one worker whose face was splashed with blood. They stress that there is no evidence that the AIDS virus can pass through intact skin or spread by casual contact, and reiterate the need for rigorous adherence to existing infection control procedures.
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Date:May 23, 1987
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