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Volume 18, Number 7—July 2012


Retrospective Evaluation of Control Measures for Contacts of Patient with Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever

Aura TimenComments to Author , Leslie D. Isken, Patricia Willemse, Franchette van den Berkmortel, Marion P.G. Koopmans, Danielle E.C. van Oudheusden, Chantal P. Bleeker-Rovers, Annemarie E. Brouwer, Richard P.T.M. Grol, Marlies E.J.L. Hulscher, and Jaap T. van Dissel
Author affiliations: Author affiliations: National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, the Netherlands (A. Timen, L.D. Isken, M.P.G. Koopmans); Elkerliek Hospital, Helmond, the Netherlands (P. Willemse); Atrium Medical Centre, Heerlen, the Netherlands (F. van den Berkmortel); Public Health Service Brabant-Zuidoost, Helmond (D.E.C. van Oudheusden); Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, the Netherlands (C.P. Bleeker-Rovers, R.P.T.M. Grol, M.E.J.L. Hulscher); Elisabeth Hospital, Tilburg, the Netherlands (A.E. Brouwer); Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden, the Netherlands (J.T. van Dissel)

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Table 3

Compliance with temperature monitoring and reporting in persons who had contact with a person with Marburg hemorrhagic fever, the Netherlands, 2008*

Variable High-risk group score, mean (SD) Low-risk group score, mean (SD) p value†
Temperature monitoring week
1 4.87 (0.63) 4.25 (1.16) 0.004
2 4.87 (0.63) 3.84 (1.30) <0.0001
3 4.82 (0.68) 3.34 (1.54) <0.0001
Temperature reporting week
1 4.73 (1.01) 1.56 (1.37) <0.0001
2 4.73 (1.01) 1.50 (1.34) <0.0001
3 4.71 (1.01) 1.50 (1.34) <0.0001

*Answers were given on a 5-point Likert scale, according to the following categories: 1, never; 2, seldom; 3, sometimes; 4, often; 5, always. High-risk contact, unprotected contact with the patient or her body fluids; low-risk contact, contact with the patient or her body fluids while following strict isolation measures.
†By 2-sample Student t test assuming unequal variances. Because of the relatively large sample sizes of 45 and 32 and data that consisted of scores from 1 through 5 with the indicated SDs, this test is justified by the central limit theorem and because the t distribution with 75 = 45 + 32 – 2 df is almost identical with that of a normal distribution. All p values were statistically significant (p<0.05).

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