No evidence of infection with avian influenza viruses among US poultry workers in the Delmarva Peninsula, Maryland and Virginia, USA.


Journal Article

Industrial poultry workers may be at elevated risk of avian influenza infection due to intense occupational contact with live poultry. Serum samples from poultry workers and community members in the Delmarva Peninsula, one of the densest regions of poultry production in the United States, were analyzed for antibodies to strains of five avian influenza subtypes using microneutralization assays. No evidence of infection was found, suggesting inefficient transmission to humans or the absence of virus in these premises. Continued serological surveillance of workers in industrial food animal facilities is necessary to prevent the transmission of influenza A viruses.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Leibler, JH; Silbergeld, EK; Pekosz, A; Gray, GC

Published Date

  • January 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 52 - 57

PubMed ID

  • 21213164

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21213164

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1545-0813

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/1059924X.2011.533612


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England