An outbreak of el tor cholera associated with a tribal funeral in Irian Jaya, Indonesia

Philip (Todd) Korthuis, Trevor R. Jones, Murad Lesmana, Sandra M. Clark, Maurits Okoseray, Gunawan Ingkokusumo, F. Stephen Wignall

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An outbreak of El Tor biotype cholera occurring in a rural village in Irian Jaya, Indonesia was evaluated for risk factors associated with death from cholera. Among those dying in the village during the epidemic, a significant association between membership in one of the five tribal groups in the village complex was associated with an elevated risk of suffering a cholera death (odds ratio = 5.9). Interviews with members of the decedents' families revealed a very strong association (odds ratio = 11.6) between risk of cholera death and having attended the two day funeral of a woman who died of a cholera-like illness a few days prior to an outbreak of cholera-like diarrheal disease in the village complex. Recent flooding may have contributed to the creation of an environment conducive to cholera transmission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)550-554
Number of pages5
JournalSoutheast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health
Volume29
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1998
Externally publishedYes

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Korthuis, P. T., Jones, T. R., Lesmana, M., Clark, S. M., Okoseray, M., Ingkokusumo, G., & Wignall, F. S. (1998). An outbreak of el tor cholera associated with a tribal funeral in Irian Jaya, Indonesia. Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, 29(3), 550-554.

An outbreak of el tor cholera associated with a tribal funeral in Irian Jaya, Indonesia. / Korthuis, Philip (Todd); Jones, Trevor R.; Lesmana, Murad; Clark, Sandra M.; Okoseray, Maurits; Ingkokusumo, Gunawan; Wignall, F. Stephen.

In: Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, Vol. 29, No. 3, 09.1998, p. 550-554.

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Korthuis, PT, Jones, TR, Lesmana, M, Clark, SM, Okoseray, M, Ingkokusumo, G & Wignall, FS 1998, 'An outbreak of el tor cholera associated with a tribal funeral in Irian Jaya, Indonesia', Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 550-554.
Korthuis, Philip (Todd) ; Jones, Trevor R. ; Lesmana, Murad ; Clark, Sandra M. ; Okoseray, Maurits ; Ingkokusumo, Gunawan ; Wignall, F. Stephen. / An outbreak of el tor cholera associated with a tribal funeral in Irian Jaya, Indonesia. In: Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health. 1998 ; Vol. 29, No. 3. pp. 550-554.
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