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Volume 5, Number 1—February 1999

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Preventing Zoonotic Diseases in Immunocompromised Persons: The Role of Physicians and Veterinarians

Sara Grant and Christopher W. Olsen
Author affiliations: University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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Table 1

Survey of veterinarians

Questions Responses
How often do you encounter or discuss zoonotic diseases in your patient population?
1=Several times/day; 2=Daily; 3=Weekly; 4=Occasionally; 5=Never = 3.02a (±0.05)b
How often do physicians contact you for advice on the animal aspects of transmission and risks of zoonotic diseases?
1=Several times/week; 2=Several times/month; 3=Several times/year; 4=Rarely; 5=Never = 4.30 (±0.04)
How often do you contact physicians regarding a zoonotic disease?
1=Several times/week; 2=Several times/month; 3=Several times/year; 4=Rarely; 5=Never = 4.21 (±0.04)
If you know that a client is immunocompromised, do you offer consultation on zoonotic disease prevention?
- Yes n=96c
- No n=9
- The situation has never arisen n=205
How much risk to immunocompromised patients is associated with owning or having contact with the following animals?
1=Highest risk to 5=Lowest risk
- Reptile = 2.28 (±0.09)
- Bird = 2.49 (±0.07)
- Kitten (<6 months of age) = 2.81 (±0.07)
- Puppy (<6 months of age) = 3.02 (±0.07)
- Farm animals = 3.05 (±0.07)
- Cat = 3.28 (±0.06)
- Dog = 3.86 (±0.06)

aMean of all respondents.
bStandard error of the mean.
cAbsolute number of veterinarians answering "yes", "no" or "the situation has never arisen".

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