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DVMs who handle birds at increased risk of avian flu, study finds


MYERS: Few veterinarians in this study reported using personal protective equipment such as gloves and masks. A study done by the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the University of Iowa demonstrated that use of gloves during swine-confinement work noticeably decreases the risk for swine influenza virus infection. Thus, a simple personal protective measure might do much to reduce zoonotic virus transmission.

Receiving the annual human influenza vaccination would not only protect veterinarians from the seasonal flu; it may also minimize opportunities for reassortment between avian and human influenza viruses, decreasing the likelihood of generation of a pandemic influenza strain.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a guidance document for protecting employees against the avian flu that veterinarians and other animal workers might find useful. It may be accessed at http://www.osha.gov/dsg/guidance/avian-flu.html

The UI study is published in the July 1 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, available online at http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/CID/home.html.


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