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Volume 9, Number 1—January 2003

Research

Texas Lifestyle Limits Transmission of Dengue Virus

Paul Reiter*Comments to Author , Sarah Lathrop*, Michel L. Bunning*, Brad J. Biggerstaff*, Daniel Singer*, Tejpratap Tiwari*, Laura Baber†, Manuel Amador*, Jaime Thirion‡, Jack Hayes§, Calixto Seca¶, Jorge Mendez‡, Bernardo Ramirez#, Jerome Robinson†, Julie Rawlings¶, Vance Vorndam*, Stephen Waterman*, Duane Gubler*, Gary Clark*, and Edward Hayes*
Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA; †City of Laredo Health Department, Laredo, Texas, USA; ‡Secretaria de Salud, Mexico City, Mexico; §University of Texas, Boerne, Texas, USA; ¶Texas Department of Health, Laredo, Texas, USA; #Secretaria de Salud de Tamaulipas, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico

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Table 5

Estimated cost (US dollars) of air-conditioning a house in Texas vs. Taumalipas, Mexico

Texas Taumalipas
Cost per kilowatt hour (kWh) 0.06119 0.04863
Cost of 25,000 kWh 1,530 1,216
Per capita GDPa 34,288 5,014
Percentage of per capita GDP 4.5 24.2

aGDP, gross domestic product.

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1The investigation plan was reviewed by the Human Subjects Coordinator at the National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and determined to be a public health response that did not require further human subjects review. Blood samples were taken only from consenting adults.

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