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Volume 7, Number 3—June 2001

Research

Goat-Associated Q Fever: A New Disease in Newfoundland

Todd F. Hatchette*, Robert C. Hudson†, Walter F. Schlech*, Nancy A. Campbell*, Jill E. Hatchette*, Sam Ratnam‡, Didier Raoult§, Catherine Donovan‡, and Thomas J. Marrie¶Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; †Newfoundland Department of Forest Resources and Agrifoods, Clarenville, Newfoundland, Canada; ‡Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada; §Unite des Rickettsies, Marseille, France; ¶University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Table 2

Demographic features and symptoms associated with human Coxiella burnetii infection in Newfoundland outbreak

Features and symptoms Infected no. (%) Noninfected no. (%) Odds ratio (95% CI)
Male 31/58 (53.4) 46/88 (52.3) 1.05 (0.154-2.04)
Female 27/58 (46.6) 42/88 (47.7)
Mean age 38.48 ± 11.76 33.47 ± 19.34 p=0.054
Sick in the past 2 months 49/60 (81.7) 48/86 (55.8) 3.53 (1.62-7.70)
Symptoms
Sweats 11/12 (91.7) 3/9 (33.3) 22.0 (1.86-260.5)
Chills 12/14 (85.7) 4/10 (40.0) 9.00 (1.27-63.90)
Headache 43/60 (71.7) 20/78 (25.6) 7.34 (3.44-15.64)
Malaise 44/59 (74.6) 28/77 (36.4) 5.13 (2.43-10.84)
Weight loss 8/31 (25.8) 3/43 (7.0) 4.64 (1.12-19.24)
Fever 40/60 (66.7) 25/79 (31.6) 4.32 (2.11-8.84)
Fatigue 39/58 (67.2) 27/79 (34.2) 3.95 (1.93-8.11)
Myalgias 26/58 (44.8) 15/76 (19.7) 3.30 (1.54-7.11)
Dyspnea 19/60 (31.7) 12/78 (15.4) 2.55 (1.12-5.79)
Nausea 30/60 (50.0) 22/80 (27.5) 2.24 (1.30-5.34)
Diarrhea 23/60 (38.3) 18/81 (22.2) 2.18 (1.04-4.55)
Cognitivea 14/30 (46.7) 4/15 (26.7) 2.41 (0.62-9.29)
Sputum 13/46 (22.0) 11/78 (14.1) 1.72 (0.71-4.18)
EOM pain 8/15 (53.3) 4/9 (44.4) 1.43 (0.27-7.52)
Neck stiffness 16/22 (72.7) 9/14 (64.3) 1.43 (0.27-7.52)
Vomiting 12/60 (20.0) 15/81 (18.5) 1.10 (0.47-2.56)
Pleuriti pain 8/57 (14.0) 10/76 (13.2) 1.08 (0.40-2.93)
Cough 22/60 (36.7) 28/81 (34.6) 1.10 (0.55-2.20)
Loss of libido 13/32 (40.6) 5/12 (41.7) 0.96 (0.25-3.38)

aCognitive, problems including changes in concentration, memory, or temper. EOM, extra-ocular eye movement; CI, confidence intervals.

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