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  • Study reports recrudescent wave of influenza in Kashmir (Times of India, October 22 2013)

    [Source: Times of India, full text: (LINK).]


    Study reports recrudescent wave of influenza in Kashmir

    October 22 2013


    A study published in a scientific journal PLOS ONE has reported about the recrudescent wave of influenza A/H1N1pdm09 in the winter of 2012-2013 in Kashmir and said there was need for a continued surveillance in order to understand the pattern of circulation and its clinical cost in the region.

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    Re: Study reports recrudescent wave of influenza in Kashmir (Times of India, October 22 2013)

    Recrudescent Wave of A/H1N1pdm09 Influenza Viruses in Winter 2012-2013 in Kashmir, India
    SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 RESEARCH

    AUTHORS
    Parvaiz Koul
    Umar Khan
    Khursheed Bhat
    Siddhartha Saha
    Shobha Broor
    Renu Lal
    Mandeep Chadha
    ABSTRACT

    Some parts of world, including India observed a recrudescent wave of influenza A/H1N1pdm09 in 2012. We undertook a study to examine the circulating influenza strains, their clinical association and antigenic characteristics to understand the recrudescent wave of A/H1N1pdm09 from November 26, 2012 to Feb 28, 2013 in Kashmir, India. Of the 751 patients (545 outpatient and 206 hospitalized) presenting with acute respiratory infection at a tertiary care hospital in Srinagar; 184 (24.5%) tested positive for influenza. Further type and subtype analysis revealed that 106 (58%) were influenza A (H1N1pdm09 =105, H3N2=1) and 78 (42%) were influenza B. The influenza positive cases had a higher frequency of chills, nasal discharge, sore throat, body aches and headache, compared to influenza negative cases. Of the 206 patients hospitalized for pneumonia/acute respiratory distress syndrome or an exacerbation of an underlying lung disease, 34 (16.5%) tested positive for influenza (22 for H1N1pdm09, 11 for influenza B). All influenza-positive patients received oseltamivir and while most patients responded well to antiviral therapy and supportive care, 6 patients (4 with H1N1pdm09 and 2 with influenza B) patients died of progressive respiratory failure and multi-organ dysfunction. Following a period of minimal circulation, H1N1pdm09 re-emerged in Kashmir in 2012-2013, causing serious illness and fatalities. As such the healthcare administrators and policy planners need to be wary and monitor the situation closely.
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    http://currents.plos.org/outbreaks/a...kashmir-india/
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