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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 1998|
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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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