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Hospital acquired computervirus infections
  1. D Isaacs,
  2. D A Fitzgerald,
  3. H A Kilham
  1. Children's Hospital at Westmead, Locked Bag 4001, Westmead, NSW 2145, Australia
  1. Prof. Isaacsdavid{at}chw.edu.au

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Definition

The hospital acquired computerviruses or HACs have been defined as computerviruses acquired in hospitals (see fig1).

Figure 1

A swarm of computerviruses.

Aetiology

The origin of computerviruses is unknown, although they are thought to have evolved from the coxsackieviruses by a process of mutation, rotation, recombination, translocation, dislocation, and extreme provocation.  

Epidemiology

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

Pathogenesis

Computerviruses were cast forth upon the airwaves and upon the seawaves and upon the brainwaves. And some fell on hard disks and some fell on soft disks. But all were corrupted.

Clinical features

The hospital acquired computerviruses cause a severe diskitis with diffuse, widespread information.

Table 1 shows the different strains of computerviruses and their clinical features.

Table 1

Computerviruses and their clinical features

Treatment

The only agent with limited antiviral activity against the computerviruses is unicyclovir, which is altered by the computer to the active metabolites bicyclovir, tricyclovir, and recyclovir.

Prevention

There is a vaccine made from organisms which are barely alive but attenuated, such as hospital administrators.

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