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Primary and Secondary Literature Should Be Distinguished When Searching for Data Used in Systematic Reviews of Nosocomial Outbreaks

  • Ralf-Peter Vonberg (a1) and Petra Gastmeier (a2)
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Address correspondence to Ralf-Peter Vonberg, MD, Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Hannover Medical School, Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1, D-30625 Hannover, Germany (Vonberg.Ralf@MH-Hannover.DE).

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