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Volume 16, Number 10—October 2010

Research

Effectiveness of Personal Protective Equipment and Oseltamivir Prophylaxis during Avian Influenza A (H7N7) Epidemic, the Netherlands, 2003

Dennis E. te BeestComments to Author , Michiel van Boven, Marian E.H. Bos, Arjan Stegeman, and Marion P.G. Koopmans
Author affiliations: Author affiliations: Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands (D.E. te Beest, M.E.H. Bos, A. Stegeman); National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, the Netherlands (D.E. te Beest, M. van Boven, M.P.G. Koopmans)

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Table 1

Number of infections and use of oseltamivir prophylaxis during avian influenza A (H7N7) epidemic, on the basis of combined conjunctivitis and serology-based case definition, the Netherlands, 2003*

Oseltamivir use No. persons
No. visits
Infected Total By infected persons Total†
Not prescribed 4 16 6 26
Prescribed but not used during visit 9 34 17 64
Prescribed and used consistently 4 41 6 85
Prescribed and used inconsistently 2 18 7 39
Prescribed and consistency of use unknown 2 7 2 18
Prescribed but period of use unknown 2 29 5 64

*Data resulted from a survey conducted among poultry workers after the epidemic.
†Because visits were classified into groups, persons may be in 2 categories (prescribed/not used and prescribed/used).

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