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Article: Influenza surveillance in Hong Kong: results of a trial Physician Sentinel Programme

TitleInfluenza surveillance in Hong Kong: results of a trial Physician Sentinel Programme
Authors
KeywordsDisease outbreaks
Hong Kong
Incidence
Influenza/epidemiology
Influenza/prevention & control
Issue Date1999
PublisherHong Kong Medical Association. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkmj.org
Citation
Hong Kong Medical Journal, 1999, v. 5 n. 1, p. 87-94 How to Cite?
AbstractThe H5N1 influenza outbreak in Hong Kong at the end of 1997 emphasised the need for viral surveillance so that new influenza epidemics can be foreseen. Although South China is regarded as the regional epicentre of influenza epidemics, there has been little epidemiological documentation of the disease there. A sentinel physician network was established in Hong Kong in 1993 to estimate the incidence, severity, and seasonality of influenza-like illnesses and to provide data on the demand for health care that is related to this illness. Influenza-like illness occurred throughout the year of the survey, peaking from March through May and accounting for 15% of doctor visits. The incidence was approximately 117 in 1000 patients and was greatest among children aged 1 to 4 years. Ongoing physician surveillance with appropriate coverage of the general population supported by a laboratory virus isolation capability may help control future influenza outbreaks.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/53552
ISSN
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dc.contributor.authorFitzner, KAen_HK
dc.contributor.authorMcGhee, SMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHedley, AJen_HK
dc.contributor.authorShortridge, KFen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2009-04-03T07:22:59Z-
dc.date.available2009-04-03T07:22:59Z-
dc.date.issued1999en_HK
dc.identifier.citationHong Kong Medical Journal, 1999, v. 5 n. 1, p. 87-94en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1024-2708en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/53552-
dc.description.abstractThe H5N1 influenza outbreak in Hong Kong at the end of 1997 emphasised the need for viral surveillance so that new influenza epidemics can be foreseen. Although South China is regarded as the regional epicentre of influenza epidemics, there has been little epidemiological documentation of the disease there. A sentinel physician network was established in Hong Kong in 1993 to estimate the incidence, severity, and seasonality of influenza-like illnesses and to provide data on the demand for health care that is related to this illness. Influenza-like illness occurred throughout the year of the survey, peaking from March through May and accounting for 15% of doctor visits. The incidence was approximately 117 in 1000 patients and was greatest among children aged 1 to 4 years. Ongoing physician surveillance with appropriate coverage of the general population supported by a laboratory virus isolation capability may help control future influenza outbreaks.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherHong Kong Medical Association. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkmj.orgen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofHong Kong Medical Journal-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsHong Kong Medical Journal. Copyright © Hong Kong Medical Association.en_HK
dc.subjectDisease outbreaksen_HK
dc.subjectHong Kongen_HK
dc.subjectIncidenceen_HK
dc.subjectInfluenza/epidemiologyen_HK
dc.subjectInfluenza/prevention & controlen_HK
dc.titleInfluenza surveillance in Hong Kong: results of a trial Physician Sentinel Programmeen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=1024-2708&volume=5&issue=1&spage=87&epage=94&date=1999&atitle=Influenza+surveillance+in+Hong+Kong:+results+of+a+trial+Physician+Sentinel+Programmeen_HK
dc.identifier.emailMcGhee, SM: smmcghee@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailHedley, AJ: hrmrajh@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailShortridge, KF: microgen@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_versionen_HK
dc.identifier.pmid11821575en_HK
dc.identifier.hkuros41120-

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