END in the Task Force!
END and Conjunctivitis in Humans
This article appeared January 15, 2003 in the San Bernardino Edition of The Press-Enterprise. It has not appeared as yet on the Press-Enterprise web site. We feel that this article is of
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UPDATE - See also the ProMed Report on this subject published Jan 17, 2003. (LINK)
Humans can be a vector for END. It is not known if these workers were/are still working with
birds while they may be CONTAGIOUS and spreading END!
1 - Although people may become infected with VND virus, the resulting disease
is typically limited to a conjunctivitis. Recovery is usually rapid, and the
virus is no longer present in eye fluids after 4 to 7 days. Infections have
occurred mostly in laboratory workers and vaccinating crews with rare cases
in poultry handlers. No instance of transmission to humans through handling
or consuming of poultry products is known. Individuals with conjunctivitis
from VND virus should not enter poultry premises or come in contact with
live avian species. (LINK)
2 - Humans can be infected with Newcastle disease virus, with headache, flu-like symptoms and mild conjunctivitis (4-7 days) rarely becoming severe or leading to visual impairment. Usually symptoms are confined to painful conjunctivitis lasting a few days, but fever and influenza-like symptoms for up to 3 weeks may follow. Most infections are in laboratory personnel.
(LINK) The question
of how contagious humans are during this period and for how long is one that needs more research.
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