Finding the real case-fatality rate of H5N1 avian influenza

  title={Finding the real case-fatality rate of H5N1 avian influenza},
  author={F. Li and B. Choi and T. Sly and A. Pak},
  journal={Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health},
  pages={555 - 559}
  • F. Li, B. Choi, +1 author A. Pak
  • Published 2008
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health
  • Background: Accurate estimation of the case-fatality (CF) rate, or the proportion of cases that die, is central to pandemic planning. While estimates of CF rates for past influenza pandemics have ranged from about 0.1% (1957 and 1968 pandemics) to 2.5% (1918 pandemic), the official World Health Organization estimate for the current outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza to date is around 60%. Methods and results: The official estimate of the H5N1 CF rate has been described by some as an over-estimate… CONTINUE READING
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