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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 3

Responses of physicians and veterinarians when asked to "List the two zoonotic pathogens you believe should be of greatest concern for immunocompromised individuals"

Pathogen Physicians Veterinarians
Toxoplasma gondii na = 144 nb = 74c
Salmonella spp. n = 61 n = 111c
Cryptosporidium parvum n = 54 n = 86
Mycobacterium spp. n = 29 n = 18
Chlamydia psittaci n = 24 n = 31
Bartonella spp. n = 15 n = 10
Histoplasma capsulatum n = 13 n = 1c
Giardia lamblia n = 12 n = 14
Pasteurella spp. n = 9 n = 6
Borrelia burgdorferi n = 8 n = 6
Pneumocystis carinii n = 8 n = 2
Cytomegalovirus n = 8 n = 0c
Blastomyces dermatitidis n = 7 n = 9
Rabies virus n = 6 n = 2
Campylobacter spp. n = 5 n = 10
Escherichia coli n = 2 n = 11d
Streptococcus spp. n = 1 n = 9d
Dermatophytes n = 1 n = 24c
"Unsure" n = 29 n = 9
Total number of participants responding to this question n = 259 n = 271

aTotal number of times each agent was listed by physicians.
bTotal number of times each agent was listed by veterinarians.
c,dThe number of times these organisms were listed by physicians and veterinarians were significantly different. (cp ≤ 0.001; dp=0.02 ).

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