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Volume 16, Number 12—December 2010


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 2

Epidemiologic characteristics of clustered HPS cases, Argentina, 1995–2008*

Cluster no. Contact case-patient no. Region Case-patient sex/age, y
Relationship with index case-patient Ambient risk† Days between symptom onsets
Index Contact
1‡ C1-s Central M/41 M/14 Son No 27
2 C2-d2 Central F/12 F/11 Sister High 4
C2-s Central F/12 M/ND Brother High ND
C2-m Central F/12 F/40 Mother High 12
3 C3–2 Central M/28 M/27 Friend, roommate High 2
C3–3 Central M/28 M/21 Friend, roommate High 15
C3–4 Central M/28 M/30 Friend, roommate High 19
4‡ C4-b Central/ Patagonia M/39 M/58 Friend, roommate No 15
C4-c Central M/39 M/39 Friend, roommate No 23
5 BA04–2 Central F/24 F/0 Daughter ND 28
6 BA06–2 Central M/53 F/28 Wife High 31
7 NQ00–2 Patagonia M/46 M/10 Son Low 22
8 NQ01–2 Patagonia M/40 F/44 Ex-wife No 22
9 NQ06–2 Patagonia M/48 F/53 Wife Low 30
10 RN95–2 Patagonia M/38 F/25 Girlfriend No 21
RN95–3 Patagonia M/38 F/15 Daughter No 29
11 RN00–2 Patagonia F/25 M/64 Husband Low 20
12 RN03–2 Patagonia M/31 F/28 Wife Low 40
13 CH00–2 Patagonia F/36 F/3 Daughter Low
14 CH00–4 Patagonia M/28 F/24 Wife Low 22

*HPS, hantavirus pulmonary syndrome; ND, not determined; –, secondary case-patient did not show symptoms of illness.
†Ambiental risk was classified in as follows: no, without ambient risk, urban residence; low, rural residence and no evident rodent exposure; high, rural residence and evident rodent exposure.
‡Clusters with confirmed person-to-person transmission.

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