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Volume 9, Number 12—December 2003

Research

Intensity of Rainfall and Severity of Melioidosis, Australia

Bart J. Currie*Comments to Author  and Susan P. Jacups*
Author affiliations: *Menzies School of Health Research and Flinders University, Darwin Northern Territory, Australia

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Table 3

Multivariate analysis of predictors of clinical signs, symptoms, and outcome

Clinical parameter Independent predictors Odds ratio (95% CI)a p value
Pneumonia
Smoking
2.51 (1.51 to 4.18)
<0.0001

Prior 14-d rainfall ≥125 mm
1.58 (0.96 to 2.59)
0.069

Kava use
0.28 (0.09 to 0.82)
0.020

Absence of risk factors
0.29 (0.13 to 0.66)
0.003
Bacteremic pneumonia
Aboriginal ethnicity
2.28 (1.33 to 3.90)
0.003

Prior 14-d rainfall ≥12 5mm
1.81 (1.06 to 3.10)
0.031

Absence of risk factors
0.06 (0.01 to 0.48)
0.007
Septic shock
Prior 14-d rainfall ≥125 mm
1.71 (0.99 to 2.97)
0.057

Absence of risk factors
0.07 (0.01 to 0.55)
0.011
Death
Prior 14-d rainfall ≥125 mm
2.48 (1.32 to 4.66)
0.005

Smoking
1.93 (1.00 to 3.72)
0.050
Absence of risk factors No deaths in this group <0.0001

aCI, confidence interval.

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