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An inanimate object or substance that is capable of transmitting infectious organisms from one individual to another.

[Back-formation from New Latin fōmitēs, pl. of Latin fōmes, tinder, from fovēre, to warm; see dhegwh- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Microbiology) biology an inanimate substance or object that can transfer a pathogen to a host
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Noun1.fomite - any inanimate object (as a towel or money or clothing or dishes or books or toys etc.) that can transmit infectious agents from one person to another
object, physical object - a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow; "it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"
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The government must also step up efforts to fight smuggling as the ASF virus could be transmitted even by fomites, or nonliving objects, such as shoes and knives.
Unfortunately, small bits of poop, including germs from it, thorough hand contact, aerosol and fomites can also get deposited on different surfaces both at home and public places.
The projects on detection of prevalent species of Brucella in small and large ruminants, reservoirs host, fomites and wild life species are essential for effective implementation of control and eradication strategies (Muendo et al., 2012).
Fourth, only two outbreaks were determined to be the result of transmission by environmental contamination; this might be because of difficulties inherent to implicating fomites as an outbreak source.
[2,13,14] The mode of transmission of Nosocomial Infections cited by medical professionals was direct contact with patients and staff, aerosols from patients, unsterile instruments and fomites. All doctors were aware of universal safety precautions and believed that Nosocomial Infections are a major concern to them in their respective practice and also agreed for its inclusion in Medical education syllabus.
Viral transmission can be from live or dead pigs, by contaminated pork or feeds, and fomites (shoes, clothes, knives, vehicles, equipment).
This virus can also be transmitted through contaminated feed and fomites (non-living objects), such as shoes, clothes, vehicles, and knives.
It may be also transmitted through contaminated feed, food wastes, garbages and fomites.
CCHF is a highly contagious disease and can spread from person to person through contact with bodily fluids, blood and fomites and may also cause nosocomial outbreaks if recommended precautions are not followed.
It is also important to encourage good personal hygienic habits such as hand washing to prevent / control contamination or spread of diseases via these fomites.
While fomites and hair care practices play a key role in tinea capitis infection, large family size, crowded living conditions, and low socioeconomic status are predisposing factors.