Scand J Infect Dis. 1997;29(1):63-4. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE
Clusters of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) in immunocompromised
settings suggest person-to-person transmission. We examined whether
personnel in a ward for HIV-infected patients were carriers of P.
carinii. None of 29 sputum samples from 19 personnel caring for
HIV-infected patients had detectable amounts of P. carinii DNA, as
determined by the two PCR methods used. Two of 26 personnel were found,
by an immunofluorescence assay, to have serum antibodies for P. carinii.
The results do not support the hypothesis that personnel represent major
vectors or transient reservoirs for spreading P. carinii infection to
*AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections/TRANSMISSION *Carrier
State/MICROBIOLOGY *Cross Infection/TRANSMISSION *Disease
Transmission, Patient-to-Professional *Pneumonia, Pneumocystis