Influenza in the Pacific.
Anne Kelso, Patrick C Reading
Papua and New Guinea medical journal | Published : 2010
Influenza A and B viruses cause significant human disease worldwide through regular outbreaks and epidemics of seasonal influenza, and occasional pandemics when a novel influenza A virus emerges. Whereas Australia and New Zealand have well-established systems for community and laboratory-based surveillance of influenza, most other countries of the Pacific are only beginning to develop such systems with the support of various global and regional agencies and networks. Here we describe the role of the World Health Organization Global Influenza Surveillance Network and other organizations in laboratory-based influenza surveillance in the region and review some of the available data on seasonal ..View full abstract