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Volume 14, Number 11—November 2008

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Tourism and Specific Risk Areas for Cryptococcus gattii, Vancouver Island, Canada

Catharine Chambers, Laura MacDougall, Min Li, and Eleni GalanisComments to Author 
Author affiliations: British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (C. Chambers, L. MacDougall, M. Li, E. Galanis); University of British Columbia, Vancouver (C. Chambers, E. Galanis);

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Table

Proportion of cases of Cryptococcus gattii infection compared with proportion of BC residents who visited Tourism BC visitor centers, by location, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, 1999–2006*

Location 1999–2002
2003–2006
All years
No. (%) cases No. (%) visits % Difference No. (%) cases No. (%) visits % Difference No. (%) cases No. (%) visits % Difference
Nanaimo 26 (20.3) 20,160 (6.5) 13.8† 14 (23.7) 35,169 (8.0) 15.7† 40 (21.4) 55,329 (7.4) 14.0†
Parksville 25 (19.5) 24,095 (7.8) 11.8† 10 (16.9) 30,070 (6.9) 10.1 35 (18.7) 54,165 (7.2) 11.5†
Duncan 12 (9.4) 20,484 (6.6) 2.8 4 (6.8) 25,973 (5.9) 0.9 16 (8.6) 46,457 (6.2) 2.3
Victoria 24 (18.8) 58,092 (18.8) 0 16 (27.1) 94,452 (21.6) 5.6 40 (21.4) 152,544 (20.4) 1.0
Qualicum Beach 8 (6.3) 14,197 (4.6) 1.7 3 (5.1) 26,429 (6.0) −0.9 11 (5.9) 40,626 (5.4) 0.4
Port McNeill 1 (0.8) 5,985 (1.9) −1.2 0 6,378 (1.5) −1.5 1 (0.5) 12,363 (1.7) −1.1
Courtenay 8 (6.3) 35,051 (11.3) −5.1 4 (6.8) 30,859 (7.0) −0.3 12 (6.4) 65,910 (8.8) −2.4
Saltspring Island 4 (3.1) 19,093 (6.2) −3.0 1 (1.7) 20,744 (4.7) −3.0 5 (2.7) 39,837 (5.3) −2.7
Chemainus 3 (2.3) 13,374 (4.3) −2.0 1 (1.7) 23,273 (5.3) −3.6 4 (2.1) 36,647 (4.9) −2.8
Port Alberni 4 (3.1) 23,466 (7.6) −4.5 4 (6.8) 30,760 (7.0) −0.2 8 (4.3) 54,226 (7.3) −3.0
Sooke 3 (2.3) 15,450 (5.0) −2.6 0 19,485 (4.4) −4.4 3 (1.6) 34,935 (4.7) −3.1
Alert Bay 0 7,891 (2.5) −2.5 0 18,107 (4.1) −4.1 0 25,998 (3.5) −3.5†
Campbell River 8 (6.3) 29,219 (9.4) −3.2 2 (3.4) 49,830 (11.4) −8.0 10 (5.3) 79,049 (10.6) −5.2
Port Hardy
2 (1.6)
23,106 (7.5)
−5.9

0
26,616 (6.1)
−6.1

2 (1.1)
49,722 (6.6)
−5.6†
All centers 128 309,663 59 438,145 187 747,808

*Visitor centers that were only opened seasonally were not included in the analysis. BC, British Columbia.
†Significant differences after adjustment for multiple comparisons according to Fisher exact test (p<0.0036).

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