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Volume 13, Number 4—April 2007

Research

Hantavirus and Arenavirus Antibodies in Persons with Occupational Rodent Exposure, North America

Charles F. Fulhorst*Comments to Author , Mary Louise Milazzo*, Lori R. Armstrong†, James E. Childs†1, Pierre E. Rollin†, Rima Khabbaz†, C.J. Peters†2, and Thomas G. Ksiazek†

Author affiliations: *University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, USA; †Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA;

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Table 1

Occupational exposure of 726 persons to sigmodontine or neotomine rodents within the contiguous United States

State No. persons exposed*
Alabama 16†
Arkansas 33
Arizona 92†‡
California 178†‡
Colorado 128†‡
Connecticut 19
Delaware 1
Florida 17†‡
Georgia 15
Idaho 21†
Illinois 38†
Indiana 26†
Iowa 17†
Kansas 90†
Kentucky 6
Louisiana 11†
Maine 21
Massachusetts 17
Maryland 27
Michigan 38
Minnesota 21†
Mississippi 6
Missouri 36
Montana 21†
Nebraska 25†
Nevada 39†
New Hampshire 6
New Jersey 9
New Mexico 118†‡
New York 46†
North Carolina 15†
North Dakota 9†
Ohio 25
Oklahoma 41†‡
Oregon 45†
Pennsylvania 45†
Rhode Island 5
South Carolina 16
South Dakota 11†
Tennessee 23
Texas 112†‡
Utah 67†‡
Vermont 6†
Virginia 49†
Washington 73†
West Virginia 11†
Wisconsin 22†
Wyoming 41†
District of Columbia 2

*No. persons who worked with rodents in the state or in the District of Columbia. Of the persons in the study, 468 had worked with rodents in >1 state within the contiguous United States.
†States that have reported ≥1 case of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through September 19, 2006 (see www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hanta/hps/noframes/epislides /episl7.htm).
‡States in which neotomine or sigmodontine rodents are known to be naturally associated with Bear Canyon virus, Tamiami virus, or Whitewater Arroyo virus.

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1Current affiliation: Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

2Current affiliation: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, USA

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