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Volume 5, Number 2—April 1999

Dispatch

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 2

Bloody diarrhea epidemic in East Cameroon, case-fatality rate of by age and sex

Age 
group 
(yr) Female
Male
p
Cases Deaths (%) Cases Deaths (%)
0-4 18 5 (27.8) 16 3 (18.8) NSa
5-9 16 2 (12.5) 13 1 (7.7) NS
10-19 25 1 (4.0) 20 1 (5.0) NS
20-29 24 1 (4.2) 27 1 (3.7) NS
30-39 16 3 (18.8) 18 1 (5.6) NS
40-49 17 3 (17.6) 12 1 (8.3) NS
50-59 13 6 (46.2) 8 2 (25.0) NS
60 + 26 12 (46.2) 6 2 (33.3) NS
Total 155 33 (21.3) 120 12 (10.0) <0.02

aNS, not significant.

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