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J Occup Environ Med. 2007 Jul;49(7):748-55.

Neurologic symptoms and neuropathologic antibodies in poultry workers exposed to Campylobacter jejuni.

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The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD21224-2780, USA. lprice6@jhmi.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To examine associations between occupational exposure to live poultry with Campylobacter exposure, Campylobacter-associated neurologic symptoms, and neuropathologic antibodies.

METHODS:

Questionnaires, serum samples, and stool specimens were collected from 20 poultry workers and 40 community referents. Campylobacter exposure was evaluated by stool culture and serum antibodies; neurologic symptoms were assessed by questionnaire; and neuropathologic antibodies were measured by serum anti-glycolipid antibody concentrations.

RESULTS:

Poultry workers had significantly higher anti-Campylobacter immunoglobulin G titers compared with that of referents (P < 0.05); they were significantly more likely to report multiple Campylobacter-associated neurologic symptoms; and male poultry workers had a higher point risk estimate for detectable neuropathologic anti-glycolipid immunoglobulin G titers (P = 0.07) compared with male referents.

CONCLUSIONS:

These data suggest that poultry workers are at elevated risk of Campylobacter exposure and may be at elevated risk for Campylobacter-associated neurologic sequelae.

PMID:
17622847
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e3180d09ec5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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