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Volume 17, Number 11—November 2011
THEME ISSUE
CHOLERA IN HAITI

Dispatch

Multinational Cholera Outbreak after Wedding in the Dominican Republic

Mercedes Laura JiménezComments to Author , Andria Apostolou, Alba Jazmin Palmera Suarez, Luis Meyer, Salvador Hiciano, Anna Newton, Oliver Morgan, Cecilia Then, and Raquel Pimentel
Author affiliations: Author affiliations: Field Epidemiology Training Program, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (M.L. Jiménez,); Ministry of Public Health, Santo Domingo (M.L. Jiménez, L. Meyer, S. Hiciano, C. Then, R. Pimentel); New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Trenton, New Jersey, USA (A. Apostolou); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (A. Apostolou, A. Newton); Pan American Health Organization, Santo Domingo (A.J. Palmera Suarez); Atlanta Research and Education Foundation, Decatur, Georgia, USA (A. Newton); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Santo Domingo (O. Morgan)

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Table 1

Characteristics of case-patients and controls associated with a cholera outbreak after a wedding, Dominican Republic, January 2011

Characteristic No. (%) case-patients,
n = 42 No. (%) controls, n = 62 p value*
Sex
M 33 (77) 54 (89) 0.18
F
9 (23)
8 (12)

Age group, y
15–24 8 (23) 9 (15) 0.07
25–34 8 (19) 20 (33)
35–44 8 (16) 18 (28)
45–54 6 (14) 9 (15)
55–64 9 (21) 3 (5)
>65
3 (7)
3 (5)

Role
Guest 24 (58) 6 (8) <0.001
Server or food handler 9 (21) 22 (36)
Worker
9 (21)
34 (56)

Country of origin
Spain 1 (2) 1 (2) <0.001
United States 10 (26) 2 (2)
Dominican Republic 22 (51) 59 (97)
Venezuela† 9 (21) 0

*p value based on χ2 test for each contingency table.
†Case-patients were identified and interviewed in the Dominican Republic.

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