Types of Needlestick Infection

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Potential Infections from a Needlestick Injury:

  • Blastomycosis – a disease caused by infection with parasitic fungi affecting the skin or the internal organs.
  • Brucellosis – a bacterial disease typically affecting cattle and causing undulant fever in humans.
  • Cryptococcosis – infestation with a yeast-like fungus, resulting in tumours in the lungs and sometimes spreading to the brain. It occurs chiefly in the United States.
  • Diphtheria – an acute and highly contagious bacterial disease causing inflammation of the mucous membranes, formation of a false membrane in the throat which hinders breathing and swallowing, and potentially fatal heart and nerve damage by a bacterial toxin in the blood. It is now rare in developed countries owing to immunization.
  • Cutaneous Gonorrhea – is a common bacterial sexually transmitted disease caused by infection with Neisseria gonorrhoeae, a Gram-negative aerobic diplococcus. Although gonorrhea primarily affects the mucosa, cutaneous manifestations also may occur, particularly in patients with disseminated gonococcal infection (DGI).
  • Herpes – any of a group of virus diseases caused by herpesviruses, affecting the skin (often with blisters) or the nervous system.
  • Malaria – an intermittent and remittent fever caused by a protozoan parasite which invades the red blood cells and is transmitted by mosquitoes in many tropical and subtropical regions
  • Mycobacteriosis – Mycobacteriosis is a generic term that describes diseases caused by a group of bacteria (simple single-celled organisms) known as mycobacteria. Mycobacteria are widespread in the natural world, particularly in aquatic environments. A small fraction of mycobacterial species causes disease in animals and humans.
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever – any of a number of diseases characterised by fever and skin spots, in particular a rickettsial disease transmitted by ticks.
  • Sporotrichosis – is an infection caused by a fungus called Sporothrix schenckii. The fungus lives throughout the world in soil, plants, and decaying vegetation
  • Staphlococcus Aureus – Staphylococcus aureus is a Gram-positive coccal bacterium that is a member of the Firmicutes, and is frequently found in the human respiratory tract and on the skin. It is positive for catalase and nitrate reduction.
  • Streptococcus Pyogenes – Streptococcus pyogenes is a spherical, gram-positive bacterium that is the cause of group A streptococcal infections.
  • Syphilis – a chronic bacterial disease that is contracted chiefly by infection during sexual intercourse, but also congenitally by infection of a developing fetus.
  • Toxoplasmosis – a disease caused by toxoplasmas, transmitted chiefly through undercooked meat, soil, or in cat faeces. Symptoms of infection generally pass unremarked in adults, but can be dangerous to unborn children.
  • Tuberculosis – an infectious bacterial disease characterized by the growth of nodules (tubercles) in the tissues, especially the lungs.
  • Hepatitis B – a severe form of viral hepatitis transmitted in infected blood, causing fever, debility, and jaundice.
  • Hepatitis C – a form of viral hepatitis transmitted in infected blood, causing chronic liver disease.
  • HIV – The human immunodeficiency virus is a lentivirus that causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers to thrive.

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