Pandemic Influenza in Africa, Lessons Learned From 1968: A Systematic Review of the Literature

This article, published in Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, reviews published data on pandemic influenza virus infection in Africa from January 1950 through August 2008, a time period covering the influenza A(H2N2) pandemic of 1957 and the influenza A(H3N2) pandemic of 1968. The available data shows that the 1968 pandemic may have had a substantial impact on public health in Africa, although the pandemic was considered to be relatively mild in other regions of the world. The authors recommend that future attempts to assess the burden of influenza pandemics in Africa use a variety of methods, including substudies among specific populations. ABSTRACT ONLY. (Learn how users in developing countries can gain free access to journal articles.)

Author(s): Ortiz JR, Lafond KE, Wong, TA, Uyeki TM

Published: 2011

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    Citation: Ortiz JR, Lafond KE, Wong TA, Uyeki TM. Pandemic Influenza in Africa, Lessons Learned From 1968: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses. (Published online May 3, 2011.)