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Implementing hospital-based surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections caused by influenza and other respiratory pathogens in New Zealand.

Q Sue Huang, Michael Baker, Colin McArthur, Sally Roberts, Deborah Williamson, Cameron Grant, Adrian Trenholme, Conroy Wong, Susan Taylor, Lyndsay LeComte, Graham Mackereth, Don Bandaranayake, Tim Wood, Ange Bissielo, Ruth Seeds, Nikki Turner, Nevil Pierse, Paul Thomas, Richard Webby, Diane Gross Show all

Western Pac Surveill Response J | Published : 2014


BACKGROUND: Recent experience with pandemic influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 highlighted the importance of global surveillance for severe respiratory disease to support pandemic preparedness and seasonal influenza control. Improved surveillance in the southern hemisphere is needed to provide critical data on influenza epidemiology, disease burden, circulating strains and effectiveness of influenza prevention and control measures. Hospital-based surveillance for severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) cases was established in New Zealand on 30 April 2012. The aims were to measure incidence, prevalence, risk factors, clinical spectrum and outcomes for SARI and associated influenza and other respirator..

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