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  • Study shows how H1N1 pandemic hit UAE

    ABU DHABI // More than 350 people in Abu Dhabi were found to have the H1N1 swine-flu virus during the 2009 global pandemic.

    Of the 1,379 suspected cases recorded across Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region between May and August that year, 356 people - 109 women and 247 men - were diagnosed with swine flu. None died.

    At the time there were an estimated two million people in the capital, 79 per cent of whom were expatriates. The highest number of cases were reported in the middle of July.

    The figures have been revealed in a study carried out by the Health Authority - Abu Dhabi (Haad) for the period between May and August 2009, and released in the 18th volume of the Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal.

    The first cases of swine flu worldwide were recorded in Mexico in March 2009. Months after, the World Health Organisation (Who) declared a global pandemic, with 74 countries reporting cases in June that year.

    A man, 48, was the first person to be diagnosed in Abu Dhabi several days after returning from a trip to Canada, and a month before the official Who declaration.


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    Re: Study shows how pandemic hit UAE

    EMHJ Volume 18 No.1 January, 2012

    Early outcomes of pandemic influenza (H1N1) 2009 surveillance in Abu Dhabi Emirate, May‚ÄďAugust 2009

    ABSTRACT: Soon after the initial detection of cases of pandemic H1N1 infection in Mexico, a new H1N1 surveillance system was set up in Abu Dhabi Emirate in May 2009. This paper reports on the outbreak from May to August 2009. A total of 356 cases were confirmed from 20 May 2009 to 16 August 2009. The incidence of confirmed H1N1 cases was 18.5 per 100 000. Their ages ranged from < 1 month to 62 years, with a median age of 20 years. The incidence was 18.6 per 100 000 among both males and females. The incidence among United Arab Emirates nationals was higher than expatriates (66.6 versus 5.2 per 100 000). No death attributable to H1N1 was reported. A low-grade H1N1 infection evolved in the Emirate with an incidence lower than some other countries, possibly because of the pandemic being in the early stages, perhaps coupled with under-reporting.

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