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Table 2 Descriptive analyses of bee sting cases in Campina Grande, Paraíba state, between 2007 and 2012, according to epidemiological variables (n = 459)

From: Epidemiology of bee stings in Campina Grande, Paraíba state, Northeastern Brazil

Variable Year TOTAL
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 n %
Age group (years)
19 14 17 13 5 8 4 61 13.3%
1019 16 17 13 6 14 11 77 16.8%
20 29 28 31 30 14 8 9 120 26.1%
30 39 18 14 18 7 7 13 77 16.8%
40 49 13 15 10 8 5 3 54 11.8%
50 59 10 3 6 2 6 6 33 7.2%
60 69 5 2 4 1 1 4 17 3.7%
≥70 3 5 2 2 2 6 20 4.3%
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Gender
Male 71 72 72 32 26 38 311 68.2%
Female 36 32 24 13 25 18 148 32.4%
Place of occurrence
Urban 82 77 81 35 42 39 356 77.6%
Rural 23 26 11 7 7 16 90 19.6%
Peri-urban 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.4%
Unknown 2 1 4 1 2 1 11 2.4%
Work-related accident
Yes 9 12 5 2 5 9 42 9.2%
No 85 90 86 43 45 45 394 85.8%
Unknown 13 2 5 0 1 2 23 5%
Part of the body stung
Head 32 37 35 13 15 20 152 34.1%
Torso 11 20 14 7 7 8 67 15%
Hand 13 6 9 2 6 4 40 9%
Foot 10 5 8 2 1 13 39 8.7%
Arm 6 6 6 4 3 6 31 7%
Forearm 3 1 0 0 1 3 8 1.8%
Leg 0 2 3 1 1 1 8 1.8%
Unknown 29 24 18 13 16 1 101 22.6%
Time elapsed between sting and assistance (hours)
0 1 28 26 18 8 8 13 101 22%
1 3 17 21 13 8 9 11 79 17.2%
3 6 9 5 9 2 1 3 29 6.3%
6 12 4 1 4 0 3 0 12 2.6%
≥12 13 20 9 8 8 5 63 13.8%
Unknown 36 31 43 19 22 24 175 38.1%
TOTAL 107 104 96 45 51 56 459 100%