Journal article

Description of social contacts among student cases of pandemic influenza during the containment phase, Melbourne, Australia, 2009

Caroline van Gemert, Emma S McBryde, Isabel Bergeri, Rachel Sacks-Davis, Hassan Vally, Tim Spelman, Brett Sutton, Margaret Hellard

WESTERN PACIFIC SURVEILLANCE AND RESPONSE | WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, REGIONAL OFFICE WESTERN PACIFIC | Published : 2018

Abstract

Introduction: Students comprised the majority of early cases of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 in Melbourne, Australia. Students and school settings were targeted for public health interventions following the emergence of pH1N1. This study was conducted to describe changes in social contacts among the earliest confirmed student cases of pH1N1 in Melbourne, Australia, to inform future pandemic control policy and explore transmission model assumptions. Methods: A retrospective cross-sectional behavioural study of student cases with laboratory-confirmed pH1N1 between 28 April and 3 June 2009 was conducted in 2009. Demographics, symptom onset dates and detailed information on regular and additional extr..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by an Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council grant (application ID 603753) for research on pH1N1 to inform public policy.