In the United States, health-care-associated infections (HAIs), also known as hospital-acquired infections and nosocomial infections, kill more people than AIDS, breast cancer, and automobile accidents combined. The most dangerous HAI pathogens are those with the potential to spread by air.1 Many of these pathogens, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), are called “superbugs” because they are virtually invincible to standard drug treatments. Their airborne ...

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