Finding the real case-fatality rate of H5N1 avian influenza

  title={Finding the real case-fatality rate of H5N1 avian influenza},
  author={F. C. Li and B C K Choi and Timothy Sly and Anita Wp Pak},
  journal={Journal of Epidemiology \& Community Health},
  pages={555 - 559}
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… 

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