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Table 1 Characteristics of 38 healthcare workers who were exposed to a MERS patient and/or his body fluids

From: Lack of transmission among healthcare workers in contact with a case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection in Thailand

Characteristics  
Gender, n (%)  
- Male 8 (21.1)
- Female 30 (78.9)
Age, years (Mean ± SD) 38.6 (11.1)
Staff position, n (%)  
- Physician 3 (7.9)
- Nurse 8 (21.1)
- Nursing or patient assistant 3 (7.9)
- Radiology technician 8 (21.1)
- Laboratory personnel 15 (39.4)
- Maid 1 (2.6)
Chronic medical condition, n (%)  
- None 28 (73.7)
- Allergy 5 (13.1)
- Hypertension 2 (5.3)
- Dyslipidemia 2 (5.3)
- Diabetes 1 (2.6)
Type of work, n (%)  
- With patient 23 (60.5)
- With patient’s blood and body fluids 15 (39.5)
Type of contact, n (%)a  
- Touching the patient 19 (50.0)
- Touching the patient’s equipment 19 (50.0)
- Examining clinical specimens 15 (39.5)
- Obtaining clinical specimens 5 (13.2)
- Cleaning the patient’s room 2 (5.3)
Activities with the patient, n (%)a  
- Positioning 16 (42.1)
- Examining the patient’s blood or body fluids 15 (39.5)
- Feeding 9 (23.7)
- Bed bathing 8 (21.1)
- Radiography 8 (21.1)
- Assessment of vital signs 7 (18.4)
- Physical examination 6 (15.8)
- Medical or intravenous fluid administration 6 (15.8)
- Airway care 4 (10.5)
- Blood, urine or fecal collection 4 (10.5)
- Linen changing 4 (10.5)
- Nasopharyngeal specimen collection 2 (5.3)
Infection control practices while in contact with the patient or his blood and/or body fluids, n (%)  
- Performing hand hygiene 38 (100)
- Wearing an N95 respirator 38 (100)
- Performing a fit test 38 (100)
- Wearing a gown 38 (100)
- Wearing gloves 38 (100)
- Wearing eye protection 38 (100)
- Wearing a cap 38 (100)
Contacts of healthcare workers working in the patient’s room, median (IQR), times 2 (1–11)
Cumulative contact duration of healthcare workers working in the patient’s room, median (IQR), min 35.0 (20.0–165.0)
Distance between healthcare workers and a patient while worked in the patient’s room, n (%)  
- <1 meter 21 (91.3)
- 1–2 meters 2 (8.7)
Contacts of healthcare workers working with the patient’s blood or body fluids in laboratory, median (IQR), times 2 (1–2)
Cumulative contact duration of healthcare workers working with the patient’s blood or body fluids in the laboratory, median (IQR), min 67.5 (43.7–117.5)
  1. aMore than one response could be given for these characteristics