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Volume 16, Number 8—August 2010

Dispatch

Duck Hunters’ Perceptions of Risk for Avian Influenza, Georgia, USA

Hope O. DishmanComments to Author , David Stallknecht, and Dana Cole1
Author affiliations: Georgia Department of Community Health, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (H. Dishman, D. Cole); University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA (D. Stallknecht, D. Cole)

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Table 1

Experience and hunting practices among surveyed duck hunters, Georgia, USA, November 17, 2007–March 27, 2008

Hunting practice All hunters, no. (%)
<10 y, no. (%)
>10 y, no. (%)
Prevalence OR (95% CI)* p value
Yes No Yes No Yes No
Hunted outside Georgia in past 5 y, 
n = 190 130 (68) 60 (32) 64 (62) 39 (38) 66 (76) 21 (24) 1.92 (1.02–3.60) 0.042
Have direct contact with water, 
n = 190 173 (91) 17 (9) 91 (88) 12 (12) 82 (94) 5 (6) 2.16 (0.73–6.40) 0.156
Submerge head, n = 190
68 (36)
122 (64)

26 (25)
77 (75)

42 (48)
45 (52)
2.76 (1.50–5.10)
0.001
Always or occasionally use dog while hunting, n = 192
146 (76)
46 (24)

73 (70)
32 (30)

73 (84)
13 (16)
2.29 (1.13–4.63)
0.020
Process harvested duck (dress out), n = 190 165 (87) 25 (13) 88 (85) 15 (15) 77 (89) 10 (11) 1.31 (0.56–3.09) 0.533
Pluck and gut duck 73 (51) 69 (49) 34 (45) 41 (55) 39 (58) 28 (42) 1.68 (0.86–3.27) 0.125
Cut off breast muscle only
138 (88)
18 (12)

74 (87)
11 (13)

64 (90)
7 (10)
1.36 (0.50–3.71)
0.549
Wear gloves while dressing out, 
n = 163 26 (16) 137 (84) 15 (17) 71 (83) 11 (14) 66 (86) 0.79 (0.34–1.84) 0.583
Take ducks to taxidermist, n = 190
113 (59)
77 (41)

50 (49)
53 (51)

63 (72)
24 (28)
2.78 (1.51–5.11)
0.001
Share harvested ducks, n = 188 118 (63) 70 (37) 63 (62) 38 (38) 55 (63) 32 (37) 1.04 (0.57–1.88) 0.905
Dress ducks before sharing, n = 115
62 (54)
53 (46)

36 (60)
24 (40)

26 (47)
29 (53)
0.60 (0.29–1.25)
0.171
Consume meat from harvested ducks, n = 187 176 (94) 11 (6) 93 (93) 7 (7) 83 (95) 4 (5) 1.56 (0.44–5.53) 0.486
Know that others consume meat from harvest, n = 188 144 (77) 44 (23) 74 (73) 27 (27) 70 (80) 17 (20) 1.50 (0.75–2.99) 0.246

*Referent group for calculation is duck hunters who reported <10 y of experience duck hunting. OR, odds ratio; CI, confidence interval.

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1Current affiliation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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