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Volume 10, Number 7—July 2004

Dispatch

Atypical Avian Influenza (H5N1)

Anucha Apisarnthanarak*Comments to Author , Rungrueng Kitphati†, Kanokporn Thongphubeth*, Prisana Patoomanunt*, Pimjai Anthanont*, Wattana Auwanit†, Pranee Thawatsupha†, Malinee Chittaganpitch†, Siriphan Saeng-Aroon†, Sunthareeya Waicharoen†, Piyaporn Apisarnthanarak‡, Gregory A. Storch§, Linda M. Mundy§, and Victoria J. Fraser§
Author affiliations: *Thammasart University Hospital, Pratumthani, Thailand; †National Institute of Health, Nonthaburi, Thailand; ‡Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand; §Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

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Table

Characteristics and types of exposures reported by 35 healthcare workers exposed to avian influenza (H5N1)

Characteristic No. (%) (N = 35)
Age (median, range; y)
Female sex
Type of exposure
     Provided direct patient care
     Physical contact
     Talked face-to-face
     Worked within 1 m
     Recalled patient coughing and sneezing
     Suctioned respiratory secretions or administered breathing treatment
     Changed bed linens
     Bathed patient
     Temporally related illnessa 28 (23–34)
27 (77)
17 (48)
19 (54)
3 (8)
33 (94)
2 (6)
20 (57)
7 (20)
10 (35)
0

aTemporally related illness is defined as a respiratory illness that began 1–14 days after exposure to an index patient.

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