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Volume 13, Number 11—November 2007

Research

Risk Factors for Mycobacterium ulcerans Infection, Southeastern Australia

Tricia Y.J. Quek*, Eugene Athan*†, Margaret J. Henry*, Julie A. Pasco*†Comments to Author , Jane Redden-Hoare‡, Andrew Hughes*†, and Paul D.R. Johnson*§
Author affiliations: *University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; †Barwon Health, Geelong, Victoria, Australia; ‡Barwon Health Centre of Education & Practice Development, Geelong, Victoria, Australia; §Austin Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia;

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Table 1

Characteristics of 49 Buruli ulcer case-patients and 609 control-participants, southeastern Australia*

Variable Case-patients, n (%) Control-participants, n (%) p value
Female sex 25 (51) 326 (54) 0.90
Towns in which most time on Bellarine Peninsula was spent <0.01
Point Lonsdale 34 (69) 212 (35)
St Leonards 8 (16) 202 (33)
Other 7 (14) 195 (32)
Health condition
Diabetes 1 (2) 38 (6) 0.23
Cancer 5 (10) 40 (7) 0.57
Immunosuppressive medication 2 (4) 36 (6) 0.45
Mycobacterium bovis BCG immunization 16 (33) 174 (29) 0.30
Regular tobacco smoker 3 (6) 71 (12) 0.37

*Median age (interquartile range) for case-patients was 70 (58–82) years and for control participants 61 (48–72) years; p = 0.01.

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