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Viral respiratory infections during the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) outbreak in the West Midlands Region, UK.

Tanner, H E and Curran, M D and Boxall, E H and Osman, H (2012) Viral respiratory infections during the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) outbreak in the West Midlands Region, UK. Epidemiology and infection, 140 (9). pp. 1551-6. ISSN 1469-4409.

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Abstract

In spring 2009 a new strain of influenza A(H1N1) emerged and caused a worldwide pandemic. This study utilized a large collection of respiratory specimens from suspected cases of influenza A(H1N1) in the UK West Midlands during the pandemic in order to investigate which other respiratory viruses were circulating and whether they played any role in the increased hospitalization rates seen during that period. Study specimens were selected from community and hospitalized patients positive and negative for influenza A(H1N1) and tested by PCR for other respiratory viruses. A number of infections diagnosed as influenza during the summer influenza outbreak were found to be due to other virus infections (most commonly rhinovirus). No statistically significant difference was found between the rates of respiratory virus co-infection with H1N1 in patients from community or hospital locations suggesting underlying factors were likely to be more significant than viral co-infections in determining severity of influenza A(H1N1) disease.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WC Communicabable diseases
WF Respiratory system. Respiratory medicine
Divisions: Clinical Support > Infectious Diseases
Planned IP Care > Respiratory Medicine
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Depositing User: Mrs Caroline Tranter
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2014 08:21
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2014 11:45
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/598

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