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The Environment and Healthcare-Acquired Infections: Why Accurate Reporting and Evaluation of Biological Plausibility Are Important

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Stephan Harbarth
Affiliation:
Infection Control Programme, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Geneva Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland
Matthias Maiwald
Affiliation:
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Singapore Department of Microbiology, National University of Singapore Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School, Singapore
Stephanie J. Dancer
Affiliation:
Department of Microbiology, Hairmyres Hospital, National Health Service, Lanarkshire, Scotland
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