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Volume 17, Number 4—April 2011

Letter

Concurrent Influenza and Shigellosis Outbreaks, Papua New Guinea, 2009

Alexander RosewellComments to Author , Rosheila Dagina, Manoj Murhekar, Berry Ropa, Enoch Posanai, Samir Dutta, Ian G. Barr, Glen Mola, Anthony Zwi, and C. Raina MacIntyre
Author affiliations: Author affiliations: World Health Organization, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (A. Rosewell, M. Murhekar); University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (A. Rosewell, A. Zwi, C.R. MacIntyre); National Department of Health, Port Moresby (R. Dagina, B. Ropa, E. Posanai); Port Moresby General Hospital, Port Moresby (S. Dutta); World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Reference and Research on Influenza, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (I. Barr); University of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby (G. Mola)

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Descriptive epidemiology of concurrent outbreaks of bloody diarrhea and influenza-like illness, Menyamya District, Papua New Guinea, 2009

Variable No. (%) patients*
Bloody diarrhea, n = 50 Influenza-like illness, n = 431 Possible co-infection, n = 131 Nonfebrile respiratory illness, n = 92 Total, n = 704
Aid post
Hakwange 25 (50.0) 256 (59.4) 50 (38.2) 67 (72.8) 398 (56.5)
Kome 10 (20.0) 64 (14.9) 27 (20.6) 12 (13.0) 113 (16.1)
Kulolonguli
15 (30.0)
111 (25.8)
54 (41.2)
13 (14.1)
193 (27.4)
Male sex
24 (48.0)
206 (47.8)
71 (54.2)
40 (43.5)
341 (48.4)
Age group, y
<5 11 (22.0) 118 (27.4) 33 (25.2) 10 (10.9) 172 (24.4)
5–14 14 (28.0) 103 (23.9) 23 (17.6) 22 (23.9) 162 (23.0)
15–44 21 (42.0) 169 (39.2) 58 (44.3) 50 (54.4) 298 (42.3)
>45 4 (8.0) 39 (9.1) 17 (13.0) 8 (8.7) 68 (9.7)
Unknown
0
2 (0.5)
0
2 (2.2)
4 (0.6)
Date of onset
June 0 6 (1.4) 3 (2.3) 2 (2.2) 11 (1.6)
July 9 (18.0) 36 (8.4) 21 (16.0) 7 (7.6) 73 (10.4)
August 29 (58.0) 294 (68.2) 76 (58.0) 57 (62.0) 456 (64.8)
Unknown
12 (24.0)
95 (22.0)
31 (23.7)
26 (28.3)
164 (23.3)
Died 1 (2.0) 8 (1.9) 5 (3.8) 2 (2.2) 16 (2.3)

*Categories are mutually exclusive.

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