oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - Experience with pandemic influenza A/H1N1 2009 at Tygerberg Children's Hospital, South Africa : brief report
|Article Title||Experience with pandemic influenza A/H1N1 2009 at Tygerberg Children's Hospital, South Africa : brief report|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection|
|Affiliations||1 University of Stellenbosch, 2 University of Stellenbosch, 3 University of Stellenbosch, 4 University of Stellenbosch and 5 University of Leeds Medical School, UK|
|Publication Date||Jan 2011|
|Pages||99 - 102|
This paper describes our experience of the novel H1N1 pandemic at Tygerberg Children's Hospital. Twenty-six children with polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-confirmed H1N1 infection were hospitalised between 1 July 2009 and 30 September 2009. Seventy-three per cent (19/26) had underlying co-morbidities. Cough and/or dyspnoea (92%) and fever (54%) were the main presenting features. Seven children (27%) required intensive care management, with one death. Nosocomial transmission was suspected in 6/26 (23%) children. The H1N1 pandemic caused morbidity especially among low birthweight, premature infants. There is a need for continued vigilance, improved isolation facilities and appropriate immunisation.
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