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Am J Public Health. 1992 Apr;82(4):597-9.

Risk factors associated with antibodies to leptospires in inner-city residents of Baltimore: a protective role for cats.

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Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, Md 21205.

Abstract

Leptospiral antibody prevalence was 16% in residents of Baltimore. Seropositivity was associated with age, gender, race, and bird ownership, reduced the antibody risk associated with age and race from odds ratios (95% confidence interval) of 3.3 (2.0, 5.5) and 3.3 (1.1, 9.3), respectively, to the baseline level. These data establish the high prevalence of leptospiral antibody in Baltimore and suggest a protective role for cats in reducing the risk of human infection.

PMID:
1546785
PMCID:
PMC1694107
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.82.4.597
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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