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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 2

Seropositivity of immunoglobulin G antibodies vs. sandfly Sicilian virus, Jordan, 1998

Variable Total Seropositivity N (%) p
Total 261 123 (47.1)
Sex
Male 75 24 (32.0) 0.003
Female 186 99 (53.2)
Age
<10 years 14 6 (42.9) 0.284
10 - 29 158 69 (43.7)
≥30 89 48 (53.9)
Monthly family income
<100 JDa 76 41 (53.9) 0.277
100-249 JD 156 71 (45.5)
≥250 JD 29 11 (37.9)
Presence of domestic animals
In house 86 53 (61.6) 0.003
Near house 24 8 (33.3)
None 151 62 (41.1)
Distance from plant
Residence within 2 km 115 65 (56.5) 0.010
More than 2 km 146 58 (39.7)
Presence of mosquito bites on exam
Yes 156 75 (48.1) 0.804
No 105 48 (45.7)

aJD = Jordanian dinars.

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