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Table 2 Comparison of clinical characteristics between patients from Guangdong province and other provinces

From: High index of suspicion for brucellosis in a highly cosmopolitan city in southern China

Clinical characteristicsPatient from Guangdong province (%)Patient from other provinces (%)p value
Demographics
 Sex (Male)2 (40.0)5 (62.5)0.429
 Age (Range/ Median)29–73 (51)29–64 (44.5)0.622
Prior exposure/ Risk factors
 Contact with live animals0 (0.0)3 (37.5)0.118
 Consumption of animal meat1 (20.0)3 (37.5)0.506
 Consumption of goat placenta4 (80.0)0 (0.0)0.002
Symptoms and signs
 Fever5 (100.0)7 (87.5)0.411
 Abdominal pain1 (20.0)1 (12.5)0.715
 Urinary symptoms2 (40.0)2 (25.0)0.569
 Joint pain0 (0.0)1 (12.5)0.411
 Low back pain2 (40.0)3 (37.5)0.928
 Splenomegaly3 (60.0)6 (75.0)0.569
 Lymphadenopathy3 (60.0)3 (37.5)0.429
Complications of infection
 Spondylitis/ Arthritis1 (20.0)4 (50.0)0.279
 Epididymo-orchitis1 (20.0)0 (0.0)0.188
 Intra-abdominal abscess1 (20.0)1 (12.5)0.715
 Abdominal aortitis1 (20.0)0 (0.0)0.188
Investigation results
 Positive culture from clinical specimen5 (100.0)7 (87.5)0.411
Total5 (38.5)8 (61.5)