Morbidity patterns associated with seasonal influenza A/H1N1in Swaziland

Description: 

Influenza infection is caused by the influenza virus, a single-stranded RNA virus belonging to the Orthomyxoviridae family. Influenza viruses are classified as types A, B and C. Influenza A and B viruses can cause epidemic disease in humans and type C viruses usually cause a mild, cold-like illness. The influenza virus spreads rapidly around the world in seasonal epidemics, resulting in significant morbidity and mortality. On the 10th of July 2017, a case of confirmed Influenza A/H1N1 was reported through the immediate disease notification system from a private hospital in the Hhohho region. A 49 year old female was diagnosed of Influenza A/H1N1 after presenting with flu-like symptoms. Contacts of the index case were followed and further positive cases were identified.

Objective:

To establish morbidity patterns of influenza A/H1N1 in Swaziland from 10th July to 15th August 2017.

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Original Publication Year: 
2018
Event/Publication Date: 
January, 2018

January 25, 2018

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