Journal article

Disproportionate impact of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza on Indigenous people in the Top End of Australia's Northern Territory

Shaun M Flint, Joshua S Davis, Jiunn-Yih Su, Erin P Oliver-Landry, Benjamin A Rogers, Aaron Goldstein, Jane H Thomas, Uma Parameswaran, Colin Bigham, Kevin Freeman, Paul Goldrick, Steven YC Tong



OBJECTIVE: To describe the impact of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza (nH1N1) on Indigenous people in the Top End of the Northern Territory at community, hospital and intensive care unit (ICU) levels. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: We analysed influenza notifications for the Top End from 1 June to 31 August 2009, as well as data on patients admitted through Top End emergency departments with an influenza-like illness. In addition, data on patients with nH1N1 who were admitted to Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) and the RDH ICU were prospectively collected and analysed. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Age-adjusted notification rates for nH1N1 cases, Top End hospital admission rates for patients with nH1N1..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank all the Microbiology Laboratory staff, the Infection Control team, and medical staff of the Royal Darwin Hospital, and Lesley Scott and the surveillance staff of the Northern Territory Centre for Disease Control, for their diligent and unstinting work during the period of this study. We also thank Ross Andrews, Naor Bar-Zeev and Thomas Snelling for critical review of the manuscript. Joshua Davis and Steven Tong received PhD scholarships for salary support from the NHMRC.