Journal article

Life-threatening respiratory failure from H1N1 influenza 09 (human swine influenza)

Melissa A Kaufman, Graeme J Duke, Forbes McGain, Craig French, Craig Aboltins, Gary Lane, Geoff A Gutteridge

MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2009

Abstract

We present the first six cases of H1N1 influenza 09 (confirmed by a polymerase chain reaction test from nasopharyngeal swabs) in patients requiring admission to intensive care in Australia (in three hospitals in the north-western suburbs of Melbourne). These cases highlight the small but significant risk of life-threatening respiratory failure associated with H1N1 influenza 09 infection.