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Volume 13, Number 2—February 2007

Research

Imported Infectious Disease and Purpose of Travel, Switzerland

Lukas Fenner*1, Rainer Weber*, Robert Steffen*, and Patricia Schlagenhauf*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland; 1Current affiliation: University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland;

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Table 1

Demographics data on persons included in the study whose purpose of travel was visiting friends and relatives (VFR) versus traditional travelers (travelers)

Travelers, no. (%) 
n = 217 VFR, no. (%)
n = 121p value
Sex



     Male
119 (54.8)
61 (50.4)
0.43
     Female
98 (45.2)
60 (49.6)

Age (y)



     Median
32
39
0.008
     Interquartile range
32–46
26–45

Patient type



     Outpatient
185 (84.5)
84 (70.6)
0.002
     Inpatient
34 (15.5)
35 (29.4)

Travel duration (d)



     Median
15
21
0.006
     Interquartile range
11–24
14–31

Sought pretravel advice?



     Yes
65 (67)
18 (20)
0.0001
     No
32 (33)
70 (80)

Traveled region



     Sub-Saharan Africa
43 (19.81)
27 (22.31)

     Asia
61 (28.11)
21 (17.35)

     Eastern Europe
6 (2.76)
21 (17.35)

     Central/South America
22 (10.13)
9 (7.43)

     All other regions85 (39.17)43 (35.53)

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1Current affiliation: University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland

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