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Volume 10, Number 8—August 2004

Letter

Balamuthia Amebic Encephalitis Risk, Hispanic-Americans

Frederick L. Schuster*Comments to Author , Carol Glaser*, Somayeh Honarmand*, James H. Maguire†, and Govinda S. Visvesvara†
Author affiliations: *California Department of Health Services, Richmond, CA, USA; †Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA

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The graph compares Hispanic-American populations and Hispanic-American Balamuthia amebic encephalitis (BAE) cases in the United States, California, and those samples tested for Balamuthia antibody in the California Encephalitis Project (CEP). In each of the three groups, the percentage of Hispanic-Americans in the population is compared to the percentage of BAE cases in Hispanic-Americans.

Figure. The graph compares Hispanic-American populations and Hispanic-American Balamuthia amebic encephalitis (BAE) cases in the United States, California, and those samples tested for Balamuthia antibody in the California Encephalitis Project (CEP). In each of the three groups, the percentage of Hispanic-Americans in the population is compared to the percentage of BAE cases in Hispanic-Americans.

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