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Volume 15, Number 11—November 2009

Research

Epidemiology of Hepatitis A Virus Infections, Germany, 2007–2008

Mirko S. Faber, Klaus Stark, Susanne C. Behnke, Eckart Schreier, and Christina FrankComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany

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Table 5

Serum samples positive for hepatitis A virus RNA by patient and disease characteristics for reported cases with symptomatic infections, Germany, 2007–2008

Characteristic No. samples, n = 189 No. (%) positive samples, n = 95
Patient age, y
<1–9 44 30 (68)
10–19 32 20 (63)
20–39 43 28 (65)
40–59 39 14 (36)
>60
31
3 (10)
Sex
M 102 55 (54)
F
87
40 (46)
Signs and symptoms
Abdominal pain 83 40 (48)
Fever 73 45 (62)
Jaundice 115 69 (60)
Increased transaminase 
 levels
83
39 (47)
No. above items reported
1 53 27 (51)
2 98 43 (44)
3 27 20 (74)
4
6
5 (83)
Probable place of infection
Germany 115 49 (43)
Abroad 69 44 (64)

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