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J Occup Environ Med. 2010 Dec;52(12):1212-6. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181fd32e4.

Occupational distribution of persons with confirmed 2009 H1N1 influenza.

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Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA. ESuarthana@cdc.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the distribution of illness by industry sector and occupation reflected in early 2009 H1N1 influenza surveillance.

METHODS:

We analyzed data reported for April to July 2009, for 1361 laboratory-confirmed 2009 H1N1 influenza-infected persons 16 years or older, with work status information from four states. A North American Industry Classification System 2007 code was assigned to each employed person. For a subset, an occupation code was assigned.

RESULTS:

Of 898 employed individuals, 611 (68.0%) worked in the non-health care sector. The largest proportions worked in public administration, educational services, and accommodation and food services. In Wisconsin health care personnel, 53.6% were paraprofessionals, 33.6% professionals, and 12.7% other workers; 26.9% worked in ambulatory settings, 46.2% in hospitals, and 26.9% in nursing or residential care facilities.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our findings suggest that industry sectors and occupations should be explored systematically in future influenza surveillance.

PMID:
21124240
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181fd32e4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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