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January 21, 2003

Poultry Worker Health Issues Studied

Preliminary Results to be Announced January 23 at Community Forum

Ellen Silbergeld, PhD, a professor of environmental health sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will present preliminary results of an ongoing study of Eastern Shore poultry workers. The findings will be presented at a community forum on January 23, 2003, at 7 p.m. at Salisbury University’s Holloway Hall.  

Researchers are in the middle of a study of antibiotic resistance in poultry workers and community members who live near poultry farms in Pocomoke City, Md., and Georgetown, Del. The forum is open to the public. Additional information on opportunities to participate in this ongoing research project, entitled “Community Health Risks of Agricultural Antibiotic Use in the Poultry Industry” will also be available. An open question and answer period will follow the presentation. Refreshments will be served.

“The poultry industry is important to the economy and environment of the Eastern Shore. We are committed to conducting a rigorous study, with the cooperation of the community, to understand exposures and health risks that may be associated with working in or living near poultry production sites,” said Dr. Silbergeld.

Parking is available on Salisbury University’s campus, which is located at 1101 Camden Avenue. A map of the Blackwell Parking Lot, which is on the corner of Camden and College Avenues, is available here. For more information, contact Carol Resnick at 410-955-8678.

The study is funded by the Winslow Foundation, Clayton Baker Trust, and other foundations.

Public Affairs Media Contacts for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Kenna Brigham or Tim Parsons @ 410-955-6878 or

Photographs of Ellen Silbergeld are available upon request.