Incidence and trends of blastomycosis-associated hospitalizations in the United States

Amy E. Seitz, Naji Younes, Claudia Angelica Steiner, D. Rebecca Prevots

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Abstract

We used the State Inpatient Databases from the United States Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to provide statespecific age-adjusted blastomycosis-associated hospitalization incidence throughout the entire United States. Among the 46 states studied, states within the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys had the highest age-adjusted hospitalization incidence. Specifically, Wisconsin had the highest age-adjusted hospitalization incidence (2.9 hospitalizations per 100,000 person-years). Trends were studied in the five highest hospitalization incidence states. From 2000 to 2011, blastomycosis-associated hospitalizations increased significantly in Illinois and Kentucky with an average annual increase of 4.4% and 8.4%, respectively. Trends varied significantly by state. Overall, 64% of blastomycosis-associated hospitalizations were among men and the median age at hospitalization was 53 years. This analysis provides a complete epidemiologic description of blastomycosis-associated hospitalizations throughout the endemic area in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere105466
JournalPLoS One
Volume9
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 15 2014
Externally publishedYes

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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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