Estimation of the National Disease Burden of Influenza-Associated Severe Acute Respiratory Illness in Kenya and Guatemala: A Novel Methodology

@inproceedings{Fuller2013EstimationOT,
  title={Estimation of the National Disease Burden of Influenza-Associated Severe Acute Respiratory Illness in Kenya and Guatemala: A Novel Methodology},
  author={James A. Fuller and Aimee Summers and Mark A. Katz and Kim A Lindblade and Henry N. Njuguna and Wences Arvelo and Sammy Khagayi and Gideon O. Emukule and Nivaldo Linares-P{\'e}rez and John Mccracken and David James Nokes and Mwanajuma Ngama and Sidi Kazungu and Joshua A. Mott and Sonja J Olsen and Marc-Alain Widdowson and Daniel R Feikin},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2013}
}
BACKGROUND Knowing the national disease burden of severe influenza in low-income countries can inform policy decisions around influenza treatment and prevention. We present a novel methodology using locally generated data for estimating this burden. METHODS AND FINDINGS This method begins with calculating the hospitalized severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) incidence for children <5 years old and persons ≥5 years old from population-based surveillance in one province. This base rate of… CONTINUE READING

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