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Volume 11, Number 11—November 2005


Long-term Death Rates, West Nile Virus Epidemic, Israel, 2000

Manfred S. Green*†Comments to Author , Miriam Weinberger†‡, Judith Ben-Ezer*, Hanna Bin§, Ella Mendelson§, Dan Gandacu¶, Zalman Kaufman*, Rita Dichtiar*, Annette Sobel#, Dani Cohen*†, and Michal Y. Chowers†**
Author affiliations: *Israel Center for Disease Control, Tel Hashomer, Israel; †Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel; ‡Rabin Medical Center, Petach Tikva, Israel; §Central Virology Laboratory, Tel Hashomer, Israel; ¶Ministry of Health, Jerusalem, Israel; #State of New Mexico Office of Homeland Security, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA; **Meir Medical Center, Kfar Sava, Israel

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Table 1

Standardized mortality ratios (SMRs) for 246 patients >20 years of age discharged from hospital after West Nile virus infection, Israel, 2000, compared with those for the general population during 2 years of follow-up*

Follow-up period No. Observed deaths Expected deaths SMR 95% CI
First 12 mo
Men 121 11 3.47 3.17† 1.58–5.67
Women 125 8 4.16 1.92† 0.83–3.79
Total 246 19 7.63 2.49‡ 1.50–3.89
12–24 mo
Men 110 6 2.91 2.06† 0.75–4.49
Women 117 5 3.74 1.34† 0.43–3.12
Total 227 11 6.64 1.66‡ 0.83–2.96

*CI, confidence interval.
†Adjusted for age.
‡Adjusted for age and sex.

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