The month of July: an early experience with pandemic influenza A (H1N1) in adults with cystic fibrosis

France, Megan W., Tai, Szeanna, Masel, Phillip J., Moore, Vanessa L., McMahon, Tracy L., Ritchie, Alexander J. and Bell, Scott C. (2010) The month of July: an early experience with pandemic influenza A (H1N1) in adults with cystic fibrosis. BMC Pulmonary Medicine, 10 . doi:10.1186/1471-2466-10-8


Author France, Megan W.
Tai, Szeanna
Masel, Phillip J.
Moore, Vanessa L.
McMahon, Tracy L.
Ritchie, Alexander J.
Bell, Scott C.
Title The month of July: an early experience with pandemic influenza A (H1N1) in adults with cystic fibrosis
Journal name BMC Pulmonary Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-2466
Publication date 2010-02-25
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/1471-2466-10-8
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 10
Total pages 4
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BioMed
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background
Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 is a novel viral infection that emerged in March 2009. This is the first report addressing the clinical course of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) and H1N1 infection.

Methods
All patients with an influenza-like illness (ILI) attending our adult centre during July 2009 were identified. Baseline respiratory function, nutritional status, approach to management and short-term clinical course were recorded.

Results
Most patients experienced a mild course and were able to be managed with antiviral agents as an outpatient. Robust infection control policies were implemented to limit transmission of H1N1 infection within our CF centre. Patients with severe lung disease, poor baseline nutritional reserve and presenting with more than 48 hours of ILI experienced a more severe course. Prompt antiviral therapy within the first 48 hours of illness may have been important in improving outcomes.

Conclusions
This observational study demonstrates that most adults with CF with H1N1 infection had mild clinical courses and recovered rapidly.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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