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Volume 14, Number 12—December 2008

Dispatch

Occupational Exposure to Streptococcus suis among US Swine Workers

Tara C. SmithComments to Author , Ana W. Capuano, Brenda Boese, Kendall P. Myers, and Gregory C. Gray
Author affiliations: University of Iowa College of Public Health, Iowa City, Iowa, USA;

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Table

Characteristics of total swine-exposed study population compared with those who had antibody titers >10 against Streptococcus suis serotype 2

Variable Swine exposed
Total (n = 73) Titer >10 (n = 7)*
Gender
Male 56 6
Female
17
1
Nursery/finishing swine
Nursery 11 0
Finishing 1 0
Nursery and finishing 59 7
No
2
0
Years working with swine
5–10 1 0
>10
70
7
Years living on a swine farm
0 2 0
5–10 1 0
>10 66 7

*Final antibody titer reflects the lowest positive antibody titer among duplicates. An antibody titer was considered positive when its optical density was greater or equal to mean positive control optical density.

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