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Howell-Jolly Body

Howell-Jolly bodies are the nuclear remnants that can be found in red blood cells before their final maturation. These nuclear remnants are normally eliminated by the spleen. Howell-Jolly bodies are found in patients with no spleen (surgical splenectomy) or a spleen that does not function well (hyposplenism). They are also found in some red blood cell maturation disorders.

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Hot zone

A hot zone is a section of a facility (sometimes an entire facility or even a city district) where there is a high risk of contamination by patients with an infectious disease. All individuals entering a hot zone must respect appropriate protective measures. By analogy, “cold zone” and “warm zone” are used to refer to areas where there is no infected individual or only individuals suspected of having an infection.