Administrative Policies and Work Restrictions of OHCP Exposed to or Infected with Transmissible Pathogens

Infection is the invasion and multiplication of microorganisms in body tissues resulting in local cellular injury as a consequence of competitive metabolism, toxin production, and immune-mediated reactions. The “chain of infection,” the transmission of infectious agents in healthcare settings requires three elements: (1) a source or reservoir of infectious agents, (2) a susceptible host with a portal of entry receptive of the agent, and (3) a mode of transmission for the agent.1,2