What are the sexual predilections of ehrlichiosis?

Updated: Jun 22, 2021
  • Author: Chinelo N Animalu, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The rates of HME and HGA are higher in males than in females, most likely due to a higher rate of participation in high-risk outdoor activities among males.

In 2006, the CDC reported that of the 646 cases of HGA, 357 were males and 273 were females (16 cases did not specify sex). HME had a similar distribution, with 337 males and 234 females among the 578 cases in 2006 (7 cases did not specify sex).

The incidence rates per 100,000 for males were 0.26 for HGA and 0.24 for HME. For females, the rates were 0.19 for HGA and 0.16 for HME.


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