West Nile virus infection among the homeless, Houston, Texas

Emerg Infect Dis. 2007 Oct;13(10):1500-3. doi: 10.3201/eid1310.070442.

Abstract

Among 397 homeless participants studied, the overall West Nile virus (WNV) seroprevalence was 6.8%. Risk factors for WNV infection included being homeless >1 year, spending >6 hours outside daily, regularly taking mosquito precautions, and current marijuana use. Public health interventions need to be directed toward this high-risk population.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Homeless Persons / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Marijuana Smoking
  • Middle Aged
  • Mosquito Control
  • Odds Ratio
  • Risk Factors
  • Seroepidemiologic Studies
  • Texas / epidemiology
  • West Nile Fever / epidemiology*