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Volume 11, Number 3—March 2005

Dispatch

Mimivirus in Pneumonia Patients

Bernard La Scola*, Thomas J. Marrie†, Jean-Pierre Auffray‡, and Didier Raoult*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Université de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France; †University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; ‡Hôpital de Ste Marguerite, Marseille, France

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Comparison of selected characteristics from patients with CAP who had serologic evidence of infection with Mimivirus with those of seronegative patients with CAP*

Characteristic Positive 
(N = 14) Negative 
(N = 90) p
Age >80 y 6 18 0.07
Male 8 51 0.60
Length of hospital stay (d) 10.6 16.9 0.27
Days between onset and admission 6.9 5.2 0.77
Admission from nursing home 3 3 0.03
Retired 10 50 0.26
Smoked for >1 y 11 70 0.62
History of COPD 4 28 0.56
History of asthma 0 13 0.13
History of bronchiectasis 1 10 0.55
Diabetes mellitus 6 18 0.07
Hemodialysis 2 3 0.13
Rehospitalization after discharge 6 16 0.03
Death 2 2 0.08

*CAP, community-acquired pneumonia; COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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