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Mucus is frequently found in urine sediments examined under a microscope. Mucus is high in protein and can come from all parts of the urinary tract (components of the urinary system). Its role is to protect against bacterial infections. In most cases, the presence of mucus is of no clinical significance. Other parameters (blood, leukocytes, bacteria, casts) can be used to link the presence of mucus to a more specific cause, such as urinary tract irritation or inflammation.

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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.