Epidemiologic and Economic Burden of Influenza in the Outpatient Setting: A Prospective Study in a Subtropical Area of China

@inproceedings{Guo2012EpidemiologicAE,
  title={Epidemiologic and Economic Burden of Influenza in the Outpatient Setting: A Prospective Study in a Subtropical Area of China},
  author={Ru-ning Guo and Hui-zhen Zheng and Li-qun Huang and Yong Zhou and Xin Zhang and Chan-kun Liang and Jin-yan Lin and Jianfeng He and Jin-qing Zhang},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2012}
}
OBJECTIVES To understand the incidence of outpatient influenza cases in a subtropical area of China and the associated economic burden on patients' families. METHODS A hospital-based prospective study was conducted in Zhuhai City during 2008-2009. All outpatient influenza-like illness (ILI) cases were identified in 28 sentinel hospitals. A representative sample of throat swabs from ILI cases were collected for virus isolation using Madin-Darby canine kidney cells. The incidence of outpatient… CONTINUE READING
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