How Clean Is the Linen at My Hospital? The Mucorales on Unclean Linen Discovery Study of Large United States Transplant and Cancer Centers.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Mucormycosis outbreaks have been linked to contaminated linen. We performed fungal cultures on freshly-laundered linens at 15 transplant and cancer hospitals. At 33% of hospitals, the linens were visibly unclean. At 20%, Mucorales were recovered from >10% of linens. Studies are needed to understand the clinical significance of our findings.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sundermann, AJ; Clancy, CJ; Pasculle, AW; Liu, G; Cumbie, RB; Driscoll, E; Ayres, A; Donahue, L; Pergam, SA; Abbo, L; Andes, DR; Chandrasekar, P; Galdys, AL; Hanson, KE; Marr, KA; Mayer, J; Mehta, S; Morris, MI; Perfect, J; Revankar, SG; Smith, B; Swaminathan, S; Thompson, GR; Varghese, M; Vazquez, J; Whimbey, E; Wingard, JR; Nguyen, MH

Published Date

  • February 15, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 68 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 850 - 853

PubMed ID

  • 30299481

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6765054

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1537-6591

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/cid/ciy669


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States