The percentage of the job-connected infectious diseases of the total number of occupational diseases has been subject to only minor fluctuations since 1949. Of the occupational infections of medical personnel, tuberculosis and infectious hepatitis are the most important among diseases that can be communicated by animals, brucellosis and beef cattle tuberculosis are most frequent. A work station or working place analysis is of considerable importance in the recognition of an infectious disease as an occupational disease. The article discusses the sources of infection, the manner of transmission, and the risk of infection incurred by various groups of occupations considered here. Author
Trans. of Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift (West Germany) v89 n34 p1577-1582 1964.