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NIOSH: Occupational Health Issues Associated With H1N1 Influenza Virus
November 17, 2009, 9:43 am
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Risk of Serious Illness Among Healthcare Personnel Associated With 2009 H1N1 Influenza:  What Is NIOSH Learning?

October 16, 2009
Reports in the news media have associated the deaths of at least four nurses with 2009 H1N1 influenza. Efforts to gain a fuller understanding of the prevalence of serious H1N1 illness and fatalities among nurses, as well as other healthcare personnel, have been limited due to a lack of occupational data in existing healthcare surveillance systems. More efforts are needed in order to fully appreciate the prevalence of severe H1N1 illness among healthcare workers.

NIOSH is working with its partners to gather more information about deaths and serious illness among healthcare personnel associated with 2009 H1N1 influenza. These surveillance activities are aimed at better understanding the factors that may heighten the risk of severe work-related 2009 H1N1 infection among healthcare personnel, as well as identifying the factors which affect risk of transmission of 2009 H1N1 influenza to healthcare personnel.
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