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  • n. Plural form of fomite.
  • n. Plural form of fomes.


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  • Harvath then became acquainted with the word fomites, a term used by modern epidemiologists to describe items such as garments, bedclothes, cups, and toothbrushes, which were known to possess the capability to harbor infectious pathogens.


  • Dr. SPELLBERG: You know, all of these organisms can be spread by contact directly with a source patient who's carrying them but can also be spread by what are called fomites, which are simply inanimate objects someone touches, leaves a trace of the bacteria on it.

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  • Then the theory of "fomites" arose, and underwent investigation.

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  • Regulations prohibiting citizens from coming into contact with known fomites went back almost four thousand years.


  • I think it's ideal for sanitizing to occur if that person can't be limited, for example, refresh the air with an air sanitizer likely Lysol, which has a disinfecting alcohol spray that's useful, clean surfaces and counters and door knobs so that they don't become fomites for other family members.

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  • You can wash your hands prior to eating or drinking anything and that in and of itself will cut down on your exposure from these fomites, like door knobs.

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  • Scabies is normally treated with a scrub bath, boiling the fomites (clothes and bed linens), and application of benzyl benzoate.

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  • It made him won - der if fomites were as dangerous as they were generally thought to be.

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  • But in more serious scientific circles the idea was gaining ground that it was due to a specific germ: and it was but a step to the conclusion that the germ was carried in fomites-black vomit and other emanations of the sick, and articles soiled by them.

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  • These facts suggest that fomites probably don't spread the fever, and that something else does.

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  • "Doctors relied on two prevailing theories about yellow fever: One camp believed it was mysteriously spread by filthy conditions, much like cholera and dysentery. Terms like fomites, effuvia sic? and noxious gases peppered medical literature in an attempt to explain what substance ... spread the disease."

    —Molly Caldwell Crosby, The American Plague (New York: Berkeley Books, 2006), 39

    October 5, 2008