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Volume 11, Number 7—July 2005

Avian Influenza H5N1 and Healthcare Workers

Constance Schultsz*Comments to Author , Vo Cong Dong†, Nguyen Van Vinh Chau‡, Nguyen Thi Hanh Le†, Wilina Lim§, Tran Tan Thanh*, Christiane Dolecek*, Menno D. de Jong*, Tran Tinh Hien‡, and Jeremy Farrar*
Author affiliations: *Oxford University Clinical Research Unit at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; †Pediatric Hospital Number 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; ‡The Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; §Department of Health, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, People's Republic of China

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Characteristics of 60 healthcare workers exposed to avian influenza patient A, patient B, or both

Characteristic* No. (%)
Median age (y) (n = 60) 33 (range 22–54)
Male/female (n = 60) 14/46
Occupation (n = 60)
Nurse 28 (46.7)
Physician 10 (16.7)
Cleaner 9 (15.0)
Technician (laboratory/radiology) 9 (15.0)
Other 4 (6.7)
Flulike illness in preceding 2 weeks (n = 49) 6 (12.0)
Contact with poultry or birds (healthy or sick) (n = 59) 2 (3.4)
Recent travel to Mekong Delta (n = 59) 5 (8.4)
Duration of exposure (n = 59)
<12 h 30 (50.8)
12–36 h 18 (30.5)
>36 h 11 (18.6)
Contact with secretions (n = 59)
Yes 15 (25.4)
No 15 (25.4)
Don't know 29 (49.2)

*n indicates number of healthcare workers for which data were available.

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