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Volume 5, Number 2—April 1999

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An Epidemic of Bloody Diarrhea: Escherichia coli O157 Emerging in Cameroon?

Patrick Cunin*, Etienne Tedjouka†, Yves Germani‡, Chouaïbou Ncharre§, Raymond Bercion*, Jacques Morvan‡, and Paul M.V. Martin*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Centre Pasteur du Cameroun, Yaoundé, Cameroon; †Lomié Health District, Lomié, Cameroon; ‡Institut Pasteur, Bangui, Central African Republic; §World Health Organization Representation, Yaoundé, Cameroon

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Table 1

Bloody diarrhea epidemic in 22 villages south of the Dja River, East Cameroon, 1997–1998

Age group 
(yr) Female
Male
p
Cases No.a Rate 
(%) Cases No.a Rate 
(%)
0-4 16 221 (7.2) 14 218 (6.4) NSb
5-9 16 191 (8.4) 11 191 (5.8) NS
10-19 25 321 (7.8) 18 313 (5.8) NS
20-29 22 211 (10.4) 25 207 (12.1) NS
30-39 15 127 (11.8) 14 154 (9.1) NS
40-49 16 89 (18.0) 14 101 (13.9) NS
50-59 11 63 (17.5) 4 70 (5.7) <0.05
60 + 25 63 (39.7) 7 69 (10.1) <10-4
Total 146 1,286 (11.4) 107 1,324 (8.1) <0.01
p <10-8 <0.05

aNumber of village inhabitants.
bNS, not significant.

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