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Volume 16, Number 12—December 2010

Research

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome in Argentina, 1995–2008

Valeria P. MartinezComments to Author , Carla M. Bellomo, María Luisa Cacace, Paola Suárez, Liliana Bogni, and Paula J. Padula
Author affiliations: Author affiliations: Administración Nacional de Laboratorios e Institutos de Salud “Dr. C. G. Malbrán,” Buenos Aires, Argentina (V.P. Martinez, C.M. Bellomo, P.J. Padula); Hospital San Vicente de Paul de la Nueva Orán, Salta, Argentina (M.L. Cacace); Hospital Descentralizado–Región Sanitaria XI–Ministerio de Salud de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires (P. Suarez); Área Programática Esquel–Secretaría de Salud de la Provincia de Chubut, Esquel, Argentina (L. Bogni)

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Table 1

Demographic characteristics of case-patients who had laboratory-confirmed HPS, by region, Argentina, 1995–2008*

Characteristic
North
Central
Patagonia
Northeast
No. case-patients (no. deaths)†
Total 345 (59) 234 (72) 126 (51) 6
M 290 (45) 170 (49) 89 (33) 4
F 52 (14) 64 (23) 37 (18) 2
Case-fatality rate for all case-patients, %
17.1
30.8
40.5
0
Type of exposure
Rural 111 34 22 1
Wild 34 20 17 1
Peridomestic 28 26 13 2
Contact with previous HPS case-patient 6 23
Other 25 30 6
Total 208 116 81 4

*HPS, hantavirus pulmonary syndrome; –, no reported events.
†No. HPS cases in each region with confirmed diagnosis (n = 710). Type of exposure was classified on the basis of the most probable activities of risk (n = 410).

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