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Research Article

The Association between Proximity to Animal Feeding Operations and Community Health: A Systematic Review

  • Annette M. O'Connor mail,

    oconnor@iastate.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, United States of America

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  • Brent Auvermann,

    Affiliation: Texas AgriLife Research, Amarillo, Texas, United States of America

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  • Danelle Bickett-Weddle,

    Affiliation: Center For Food Security/Public Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, United States of America

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  • Steve Kirkhorn,

    Affiliation: National Farm Medicine Center, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wisconsin, United States of America

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  • Jan M. Sargeant,

    Affiliation: Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses, and Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

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  • Alejandro Ramirez,

    Affiliation: Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, United States of America

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  • Susanna G. Von Essen

    Affiliation: Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America

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  • Published: March 10, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0009530

About the Authors

Annette M. O'Connor, Alejandro Ramirez
Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, United States of America
Brent Auvermann
Texas AgriLife Research, Amarillo, Texas, United States of America
Danelle Bickett-Weddle
Center For Food Security/Public Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, United States of America
Steve Kirkhorn
National Farm Medicine Center, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wisconsin, United States of America
Jan M. Sargeant
Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses, and Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Susanna G. Von Essen
Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: oconnor@iastate.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: AO. Analyzed the data: AO. Wrote the paper: AO. Reviewed papers, participated in meetings and commented on manuscript drafts: BA DB-W SK JS AR SVE.