Comparative epidemiology of pandemic and seasonal influenza A in households.

  title={Comparative epidemiology of pandemic and seasonal influenza A in households.},
  author={Benjamin John Cowling and Kwok - Hung Chan and Vicky J Fang and L. H. L. Lau and Hau Chi So and Rita O. P. Fung and Edward Ma and Alfred Siu Kei Kwong and Chi-wai Carina Chan and Wendy W.S. Tsui and Ho-Yin Ngai and Daniel Wai-Sing Chu and Paco W Y Lee and Ming-Chee Chiu and Gabriel M. Leung and Joseph Sriyal Malik Peiris},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  volume={362 23},
BACKGROUND There are few data on the comparative epidemiology and virology of the pandemic 2009 influenza A (H1N1) virus and cocirculating seasonal influenza A viruses in community settings. METHODS We recruited 348 index patients with acute respiratory illness from 14 outpatient clinics in Hong Kong in July and August 2009. We then prospectively followed household members of 99 patients who tested positive for influenza A virus on rapid diagnostic testing. We collected nasal and throat swabs… CONTINUE READING
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