Infections more common in people with schizophrenia

People with schizophrenia may face an increased risk for serious infections, a new study suggests. However, the study's findings only show a link between schizophrenia and certain infections, not a cause-and-effect relationship.
The study authors found that the rate of infectious diseases was 36 percent among people with schizophrenia, compared to 25 percent for the general population.People with schizophrenia were 63 percent more likely to suffer a serious
infection than those in the general population, the researchers said.
Rates of specific severe infections among people with schizophrenia and those in the general population were:
  • Tuberculosis (0.12 percent vs. 0.06 percent),
  • HIV (0.2 percent vs. 0.05 percent),
  • Sepsis (0.7 percent vs. 0.3 percent),
  • Hepatitis (1.4 percent vs. 0.2 percent),
  • Skin infections (12 percent vs. 6 percent),
  • Gastrointestinal infections (8.7 percent vs. 6 percent),
  • Genital infections (2.6 percent vs. 1.5 percent),
  • Urologic infections (3.6 percent vs. 2 percent).
Source :      2017/4/18 08:19

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