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Nephropathia epidemica: incidence of clinical cases and antibody prevalence in an endemic area of Sweden

  • B. Niklasson (a1), J. Leduc (a2), K. Nyström (a3) and L. Nyman (a4)
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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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