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Magnitude and distribution of acute, self-reported gastrointestinal illness in a Canadian community

  • S. E. MAJOWICZ (a1) (a2), K. DORÉ (a1) (a2), J. A. FLINT (a2), V. L. EDGE (a1) (a2), S. READ (a3), M. C. BUFFETT (a4) (a5), S. McEWEN (a1), W. B. McNAB (a1) (a6), D. STACEY (a7), P. SOCKETT (a1) (a2) and J. B. WILSON (a1) (a2)...

Abstract

To estimate the magnitude and distribution of self-reported, acute gastrointestinal illness in a Canadian-based population, we conducted a retrospective, cross-sectional telephone survey of approximately 3500 randomly selected residents of the city of Hamilton (Ontario, Canada) from February 2001 to February 2002. The observed monthly prevalence was 10% (95% CI 9·94–10·14) and the incidence rate was 1·3 (95% CI 1·1–1·4) episodes per person-year; this is within the range of estimates from other developed countries. The prevalence was higher in females and in those aged <10 years and 20–24 years. Overall, prevalence peaked in April and October, but a different temporal distribution was observed for those aged <10 years. Although these data were derived from one community, they demonstrate that the epidemiology of acute gastrointestinal illness in a Canadian-based population is similar to that reported for other developed countries.

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Ms. S. E. Majowicz, Health Canada, 160 Research Lane, Suite 206, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, N1G 5B2.

Magnitude and distribution of acute, self-reported gastrointestinal illness in a Canadian community

  • S. E. MAJOWICZ (a1) (a2), K. DORÉ (a1) (a2), J. A. FLINT (a2), V. L. EDGE (a1) (a2), S. READ (a3), M. C. BUFFETT (a4) (a5), S. McEWEN (a1), W. B. McNAB (a1) (a6), D. STACEY (a7), P. SOCKETT (a1) (a2) and J. B. WILSON (a1) (a2)...

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