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Volume 13, Number 8—August 2007


Occupational Risks during a Monkeypox Outbreak, Wisconsin, 2003

Donita R. Croft*1Comments to Author , Mark J. Sotir*†, Carl J. Williams*2, James J. Kazmierczak*, Mark V. Wegner*, Darren Rausch‡, Mary Beth Graham§, Seth L. Foldy§¶, Mat Wolters¶, Inger K. Damon†, Kevin L. Karem†, and Jeffrey P. Davis*
Author affiliations: *Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, Madison, Wisconsin, USA; †Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; ‡Waukesha County Health Department, Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA; §Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; ¶City of Milwaukee Health Department, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA;

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Table 3

General work practices of 74 veterinary facility cohort members during outbreak of monkeypox virus infections, Wisconsin, 2003*

Work practiceNo. (%)
Sanitizes examination table44 (81)
Sanitizes examination room countertops32 (59)
Eats in work break room59 (82)
Eats where animals are treated or housed1 (1)
Drinks where animals are treated or housed10 (14)
Chews gum where animals are treated or housed11 (15)
Applies lip products where animals are treated or housed6 (8)
When cleaning cages, agitates bedding enough to aerosolize material in cage5 (10)
Wears gloves when cleaning ill animals' cages6 (12)
Does animal laundry at work31 (58)
Cleans hands after contact with ill animals65 (93)
Cleans hands before eating at work67 (92)
Cleans hands when leaves work57 (77)
Changes out of work shoes before leaving work8 (11)
Changes out of work clothes before leaving work7 (11)
Washes work clothes at home70 (95)
Washes laboratory coat at home14 (50)
Washes work clothes between work shifts67 (93)
Washes laboratory coat between work shifts
15 (50)
*The denominators vary according to the number of cohort members who perform a given task.

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1Current affiliation: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

2Current affiliation: North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA