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Varicella-zoster virus dusceptibility in day-care workers.

Authors
Grimsley-LF; Jacobs-RR; Perkins-JL
Source
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 1992 Mar; 7(3):191-194
NIOSHTIC No.
00205688
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to determine the proportion of day care workers susceptible to Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) in local day care centers and to compare these data to susceptibility rates in other adult populations, mainly hospital personnel. A total of 545 serum samples were obtained from 494 day care workers in the Alabama metropolitan area. The workers were predominantly white and female, and over 60% were either currently or previously married. Of these 545 subjects, 95.2% were seropositive for VZV antibody and 4.8% were seronegative. Of the workers completing the questionnaire, 31% were uncertain of the disease history. Among the 151 workers giving an uncertain history of VZV infection, and four were seronegative. Of the workers giving a negative history of primary VZV infection, eight of the 59 were in fact seronegative by assay. The authors conclude that in this population, the proportion of day care workers susceptible to VZV was relatively small.
Keywords
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Training; Disease-transmission; Infection-control; Child-care-workers; Viral-diseases; Teaching; Contagious-diseases
Contact
Environmental Health Sciences Univ of Alabama IN Birmingham University Station Birmingham, Ala 35294
CODEN
AOEHE9
Publication Date
19920301
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
4372283
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T15-OH-007210
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
1047-322X
Source Name
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
State
AL
Performing Organization
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
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