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Volume 6, Number 4—August 2000

Research

Seroprevalence of West Nile, Rift Valley, and Sandfly Arboviruses in Hashimiah, Jordan

Anwar Batieha*Comments to Author , Elias K. Saliba†, Ross Graham‡, Emad Mohareb†, Younis Hijazi*, and Pandu Wijeyaratne§
Author affiliations: *Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan; †Hashimiah University, Zarka, Jordan; ‡Virology Research Program, U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3, Cairo, Egypt; §Infectious Disease Program of Nepal, USAID/EHP

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Table 1

Seropositivity of immunoglobulin G antibodies against West Nile virus, Jordan, 1998

Variable Total SeropositivityN (%) p
Total 261 21 (8.0%)
Sex
Male 75 3 (4) 0.202
Female 186 18 (9.7)
Age
5-9 years 14 1 (7.1) 0.920
10-29 years 158 12 (7.6)
≥30 years 89 8 (9.0)
Monthly family income
<100 JDa 76 9 (11.8) 0.284
100-249 JD 156 11 (7.1)
≥250 JD 29 1 (3.5)
Presence of domestic animals
In house 86 9 (10.5) 0.578
Near house 24 2 (8.3)
None 151 10 (6.6)
Distance from plant
Residence within 2 km 115 15 (13.0) 0.016
More than 2 km 146 5 (4.1)
Presence of mosquito bites on exam
Yes 156 14 (9.0) 0.660
No 105 7 (6.7)

aJD = Jordanian dinars.

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