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Volume 5, Number 1—February 1999

Dispatch

Infectious Diarrhea in Tourists Staying in a Resort Hotel

Rachel M. Hardie*Comments to Author , Patrick G. Wall†, Patricia Gott‡, Madhu Bardhan‡, and Christopher L.R. Bartlett*
Author affiliations: *PHLS, Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, London, United Kingdom;; †Food Safety Authority of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland;; ‡Department of Public Health, Coventry Health Authority, Coventry, United Kingdom

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Table 2

Possible risk factors for illness


Number (%) of guests

Risk factor,chi-square, and p values Definite cases,
(n=70, 36 children)
Probable cases
(n=107, 39 children)
Possible cases
(n=47, 21 children)
Not ill
(n=15, 11 children)
yes no yes no yes no yes no
Departure after 5 June 65 (93) 5 (7) 99 (93) 8 (7) 38 (81) 9 (19) 11 (73) 4 (27)
(chi-square=7.3, p=0.007)
Attendance at children's activities 23 (64) 13 (36) 25 (64) 14 (36) 15 (71) 6 (29) 6 (55) 5 (45)
(chi-square=0.01, p=0.92)
Consumption of raw vegetables and salads 52 (74) 18 (26) 78 (73) 29 (27) 33 (70) 14 (30) 6 (40) 9 (60)
(chi-square=3.9, p=0.04)
Consumption of reconstituted orange juice 67 (96) 3 (4) 100 (93) 7 (7) 43 (91) 4 (9) 10 (67) 5 (33)
(chi-square=8.4, p=0.004)
Problem with water in room 49 (70) 21 (30) 54 (50) 53 (50) 17 (36) 30 (64) 9 (60) 6 (40)
(chi-square=7.2, p=0.007)
Problem with food 43 (61) 27 (39) 76 (71) 31 (29) 26 (55) 21 (45) 9 (60) 6 (40)
(chi-square=0.3, p=0.58)

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