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Volume 12, Number 8—August 2006


Mental Status after West Nile Virus Infection

Kathleen Y. Haaland*†Comments to Author , Joseph Sadek*†, Steven A. Pergam†‡, Leonor A. Echevarria†§, Larry E. Davis*†, Diane Goade†, Joanne Harnar*†, Robert A. Nofchissey†, C. Mack Sewel¶, and Paul Ettestad¶
Author affiliations: *New Mexico Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA; †University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA; ‡University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA; §Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA; ¶New Mexico Department of Health, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

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Table 2

Percentage of patients reporting current cognitive problems

Mental deficit West Nile fever West Nile neuroinvasive disease Overall
Concentration 22 42* 31
Memory 28 42 35
Understanding 11 27 18
Decision making 16 25 20
Confusion 6 25* 15
Mean rate of complaints 17 32 24

*p<0.05, after logistic regression, controlling for marginal group difference in education.

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