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Volume 15, Number 12—December 2009


Cross-sectional Survey of Hantavirus Infection, Brazil

Jean E. LimongiComments to Author , Fabíola C. da Costa, Rogério M.C. Pinto, Renata C. de Oliveira, Camila Bragagnolo, Elba R.S. Lemos, Márcia B.C. de Paula, Adalberto A. Pajuaba Neto, and Marcelo S. Ferreira
Author affiliations: Federal University of Uberlândia, Uberlândia, Minas Gerais, Brazil (J.E Limongi, F.C. da Costa, R.M.C. Pinto, M.S. Ferreira); Department of Public Health, Uberlândia (J.E Limongi, M.B.C. de Paula, A.A. Pajuaba Neto); Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (R.C. de Oliveira, C. Bragagnolo, E.R.S. Lemos)

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Table 1

Relationship between independent variables and antibody to hantaviruses in the municipality of Uberlândia, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2006

Variable Rural
No. antibody positive 
(no. tested) p value* No. antibody positive 
(no. tested) p value*
M 8 (130) 0.03 1 (84) 0.44
0 (70)

3 (116)

Age, y
12–39 0 (82) 0.01 0 (112) 0.04
8 (118)

4 (88)

Risk activity or labor†
No activity 0 (79) 0.02 2 (92) 0.63
With activity
8 (121)

2 (108)

Exposure to rodents
Yes 8 (168) 0.24 3 (152) 0.67
No 0 (32) 1 (48)

*Determined by using 2-tailed Fisher exact test.
†Clearing land, farming, working in pastures or cellars, or cleaning sheds barns, or other outbuildings.

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