Author: Jacobus Leen KoolBoris Igor PavlinJennie MustoAkanisi Dawainavesi
Credits/Source: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013
Historically, Pacific island countries and territories (PICTs) have been
more severely affected by influenza pandemics than any other part of
the world. We herein describe the emergence and epidemiologic
characteristics of pandemic influenza H1N1 in PICTs from 2009 to 2010.
The World Health Organization gathered reports of influenza-like-illness
and laboratory-confirmed pandemic H1N1 cases from all 23 Pacific island
countries and territories, from April 2009 through August 2010.
Pandemic influenza spread rapidly throughout the Pacific despite
enormous distances and relative isolation. Tokelau and Pitcairn may be
the only jurisdictions to have remained pandemic-free.
being well-prepared, Pacific island countries and territories
experienced significant morbidity and mortality, consistent with other
indigenous and low-resource settings.For the first time, regional
influenza-like-illness surveillance was conducted in the Pacific,
allowing health authorities to monitor the pandemic's spread and
severity in real-time.Future regional outbreak responses will likely
benefit from the lessons learned during this outbreak.
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