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Volume 12, Number 3—March 2006

Research

Serosurvey on Household Contacts of Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever Patients

Matthias Borchert*Comments to Author , Sabue Mulangu†, Robert Swanepoel‡, Modeste Lifenya Libande§, Antoine Tshomba¶, Amayo Kulidri§, Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum†, and Patrick Van der Stuyft*
Author affiliations: *Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium; †Institut de Recherche Biomédicale, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; ‡National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Johannesburg, South Africa; §Ministry of Health, Democratic Republic of Congo; ¶Hôpital Général de Kilo-Moto, Watsa, Democratic Republic of Congo

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Table 2

Characteristics of 121 household or community contacts of Marburg hemorrhagic fever patients, Watsa Subdistrict, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2002

Characteristics No. male (%),
n = 63 No. female (%),
n = 58 Total (%),
N = 121
Age (y)
<4 2 (3.5) 0 2 (1.7)
5–14 3 (5.2) 5 (7.9) 8 (6.6)
15–29 24 (41.4) 35 (55.6) 59 (48.8)
30–44 20 (34.5) 11 (17.5) 31 (25.6)
>45 9 (15.5) 12 (19.1) 21 (17.4)
Residence
Durba 38 (65.5) 47 (74.6) 85 (70.3)
Watsa town 9 (15.5) 7 (11.1) 16 (13.2)
Other village in Watsa Health Zone 8 (13.8) 5 (7.9) 13 (10.7)
Outside Watsa Health Zone 3 (5.2) 4 (6.4) 7 (5.8)
Profession*
Housewife 0 29 (46.0) 29 (24.0)
Unofficial gold miner 23 (39.7) 0 23 (19.1)
Pupil/student 6 (10.3) 9 (14.3) 15 (12.4)
Farmer 7 (12.1) 7 (11.1) 14 (11.6)
Trader 2 (3.5) 11 (17.5) 13 (10.7)
Health worker 2 (3.5) 2 (3.2) 4 (3.3)
Other or none 16 (27.6) 2 (3.2) 18 (14.9)
Relationship
Spouse 3 (5.2) 12 (19.5) 15 (12.4)
Same generation as case (brother, sister, brother- or sister-in-law, cousin) 24 (41.4) 18 (28.6) 42 (34.7)
Subsequent generation (son/daughter, nephew or niece) 13 (22.4) 13 (20.6) 26 (21.5)
Preceding generation (father or mother, uncle or aunt) 7 (12.1) 16 (25.4) 23 (19.0)
Colleague 10 (17.2) 3 (4.8) 13 (10.7)
Other 1 (1.7) 1 (1.6) 2 (3.3)
Total 63 (100) 58 (100) 121 (100)

*N = 116 because of missing data.

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