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Volume 18, Number 8—August 2012

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Lack of Evidence for Schmallenberg Virus Infection in Highly Exposed Persons, Germany, 2012

Tanja Ducomble1, Hendrik Wilking1Comments to Author , Klaus Stark, Anja Takla, Mona Askar, Lars Schaade, Andreas Nitsche, and Andreas Kurth
Author affiliations: Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany (T. Ducomble, H. Wilking, K. Stark, A. Takla, M. Askar, L. Schaade, A. Nitsche, A. Kurth); European Program for Intervention Epidemiology Training, Stockholm, Sweden (T. Ducomble); and Postgraduate Training for Applied Epidemiology–German Field Epidemiology Training Program, Berlin (A. Takla, M. Askar)

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Table 1

Self-reported exposure and symptoms of persons exposed to novel SBV, Germany, 2012*

Exposure category† No. shepherds exposed/total no. (%) No. shepherds with symptoms/total no. exposed (%)‡
Sheep husbandry in SBV-epizootic area 60/60 (100) 9/60 (15)
Laboratory-confirmed SBV infection in livestock 36/60 (60) 5/36 (14)
Contact with birth products or with lambs that had characteristic signs of SBV disease 48/60 (80) 8/48 (17)
Contact with adult sheep that had characteristic signs of SBV disease 28/51 (55) 5/28 (18)
Frequent insect bites in SBV-epizootic area§ 22/56 (39) 5/22 (23)

*SBV, Schmallenberg virus.
†Multiple responses possible.
‡Self-reported signs and symptoms of fever, headache, skin rash, myalgia/arthralgia, respiratory problems, or photophobia since SBV infection appeared in the study area or after handling diseased animals and resulting from unknown cause in each exposure category.
§Self-reported as ‘”very often” or “often.”

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1These authors contributed equally to this article.

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