Influenza: accounting for prior immunity.

  title={Influenza: accounting for prior immunity.},
  author={James M. McCaw and Jodie Mcvernon and Emma Sue McBryde and John D. Mathews},
  volume={325 5944},
  pages={1071; author reply 1072-3}
A KEY DETERMINANT OF THE SUCCESS OF influenza containment is the transmission rate of the novel strain. C. Fraser et al. [“Pandemic potential of a strain of influenza A (H1N1): Early findings,” Reports, 19 June, p. 1557] estimated the basic reproduction number (R 0 ) of the Mexican outbreak of influenza A (H1N1) to be in the range of 1.2 to 1.6. The value of R 0 is a key measure of transmissibility and estimates the number of secondary cases in a completely susceptible population. Their… CONTINUE READING

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