Low risk of avian influenza A (H5N6) transmission to depopulation workers in Korea

Sukhyun Ryu, Jun Sik Lim, Benjamin J. Cowling, Byung Chul Chun

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    An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza A (H5N6) virus occurred between November 20, 2016, and March 1, 2017 in poultry farms, in the Gyeonggi Province, Republic of Korea. To identify the risk of transmission of H5N6 to depopulation workers, active and passive surveillance was conducted. Virological testing of respiratory swabs with real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction was performed for workers who reported respiratory symptoms. Among 4633 depopulation workers, 22 reported respiratory symptoms, but all tested negative for H5N6. Personal protective equipment in addition to antiviral prophylaxis was adequate to limit transmission of H5N6 from poultry to humans.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)412-415
    Number of pages4
    JournalInfluenza and other Respiratory Viruses
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2018 May

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    • avian influenza
    • personal protective equipment
    • prevention
    • transmission

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Epidemiology
    • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Infectious Diseases


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