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Nephropathia Epidemica: Incidence of Clinical Cases and Antibody Prevalence in an Endemic Area of Sweden

B. Niklasson, J. Leduc, K. Nyström and L. Nyman
Epidemiology and Infection
Vol. 99, No. 2 (Oct., 1987), pp. 559-562
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3863679
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Nephropathia Epidemica: Incidence of Clinical Cases and Antibody Prevalence in an Endemic Area of Sweden
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Abstract

The incidence of nephropathia epidemica (NE) was compared with the NE antibody prevalence in normal population in a highly endemic area of Sweden (Västerbotten county). The antibody prevalence rate in the oldest age groups were found to be 14 and 20 times higher than the accumulated life-risk of being hospitalized with NE for men and women respectively. Whether the infection in persons not admitted to hospital is subclinical, atypical or clinically fulminant, remains to be determined.

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