Pacific islands which escaped the 1918–1919 influenza pandemic and their subsequent mortality experiences

  title={Pacific islands which escaped the 1918–1919 influenza pandemic and their subsequent mortality experiences},
  author={George Dennis Shanks and John F. Brundage},
  journal={Epidemiology and Infection},
  pages={353 - 356}
SUMMARY Very few Pacific islands escaped the 1918–1919 influenza pandemic. Subsequent influenza epidemics in the established colonial outposts of American Samoa and New Caledonia infected many but killed very few persons whereas the extraordinarily isolated Niue, Rotuma, Jaliut and Yule islands experienced high mortality influenza epidemics (>3% of population) following 1918. These dichotomous outcomes indicate that previous influenza exposure and degree of epidemiological isolation were… Expand

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