Journal article

Influenza Outbreaks during World Youth Day 2008 Mass Gathering

Christopher C Blyth, Hong Foo, Sebastiaan J van Hal, Aeron C Hurt, Ian G Barr, Kenneth McPhie, Paul K Armstrong, William D Rawlinson, Vicky Sheppeard, Stephen Conaty, Michael Staff, Dominic E Dwyer

EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES | CENTERS DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION | Published : 2010

Abstract

Influenza outbreaks during mass gatherings have been rarely described, and detailed virologic assessment is lacking. An influenza outbreak occurred during World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, July 2008 (WYD2008). We assessed epidemiologic data and respiratory samples collected from attendees who sought treatment for influenza-like illness at emergency clinics in Sydney during this outbreak. Isolated influenza viruses were compared with seasonal influenza viruses from the 2008 influenza season. From 100 infected attendees, numerous strains were identified: oseltamivir-resistant influenza A (H1N1) viruses, oseltamivir-sensitive influenza A (H1N1) viruses, influenza A (H3N2) viruses, and strai..

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