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Volume 11, Number 6—June 2005

Research

pVir and Bloody Diarrhea in Campylobacter jejuni Enteritis

Dobryan M. Tracz*, Monika Keelan*†, Jasmine Ahmed-Bentley‡, Amera Gibreel*, Kinga Kowalewska-Grochowska*‡, and Diane E. Taylor*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; †Public Health Agency of Canada, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; ‡University of Alberta Hospital Microbiology Laboratory and Provincial Laboratory for Public Health (Microbiology), Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Table 2

Association of pVir plasmid with clinical symptoms in patients with Campylobacter jejuni gastroenteritis, Alberta, Canada, 1999–2002

pVir Clinical symptom (%)
Pain Diarrhea Vomiting Blood in stool Fever Hospitalization Duration <7 days (%)
Present (n = 18)* 83 (n = 18) 100 (n = 18) 28 (n = 15) 53† (n = 17) 59 (n = 17) 22 (n = 18) 77 (n = 14)
Absent (n = 86) 80 (n = 72) 99 (n = 85) 30 (n = 73) 21 (n = 76) 64 (n = 64) 17 (n = 86) 82 (n = 68)

*Samples sizes (n) for each clinical symptom differ as symptoms were not known for each patient.
†p<0.05, presence vs. absence of pVir.

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