A fomite is any inanimate object or substance supposed to be capable of absorbing, retaining, and transporting contagious or infectiousorganisms (from germs to parasites) from one individual to another. in philosophy, Substance is that element of an object without which it would not exist. ... Absorption has a number of meanings: In physics absorption is a process in which particles of some sort encounter another material and are taken up by or even disappear in it. ... Instance of retaining (e. ... A disease is any abnormal condition of the body or mind that causes discomfort, dysfunction, or distress to the person affected or those in contact with the person. ... Infection is also the title of an episode of the television series Babylon 5; see Infection (Babylon 5). ... In biology and ecology, an organism (in Greek organon = instrument) is a living being. ... Germ is an informal term for a disease-causing organism, particularly bacteria (as in germ warfare). ... A parasite is an organism that lives in or on the living tissue of a host organism at the expense of that host. ...
There are many examples of fomites with respect to medicine. Contaminated shoes may spread hoof and mouth disease. Other examples include tools such as laryngoscopes that are not properly disinfected between uses, dirty towels, eating utensils, and surfaces such as floors, walls, and tables may all serve to spread disease. Laryngoscope in use intubating a dummy A laryngoscope is a medical instrument that is used to obtain a view of the glottis by direct laryngoscopy. ...
The word "fomite" is a back-formation from the plural "fomites", which was originally the Latin plural of the singular "fomes" (rhymes with "homies"). As a Latin plural, "fomites" was originally pronounced like the concatenation of the English words "foam", "it", and "ease"; but "foe" concatenated with "mites" has now become a common pronunciation, and "fomite" (also prounounced with a long "i") is now an accepted synonym for "fomes".
The role fomites play in the transmission of infectious disease is still being contested in the infection control community, with no conclusive decision emerging from clinical studies.
A fomite is defined as an inanimate object that serves to transmit an infectious agent from person to person.
Cultures of fomites and surfaces (including sink drains, faucets and inner walls of ice machines) water and air were taken in the old and new hospitals immediately before taking occupancy and after 6 to 12 months of occupancy.
Adenoviruses causing respiratory tract infection usually are transmitted by respiratory tract secretions through person-to-person contact, fomites, and aerosols.
Because adenoviruses are stable in the environment, fomites may be important in their transmission.
Because adenoviruses are particularly difficult to eliminate from skin, fomites, and environmental surfaces, assiduous adherence to hand washing and use of disposable gloves when caring for infected patients are recommended.
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