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J Hyg (Lond). 1973 Mar; 71(1): 89–95.
PMCID: PMC2130434

An epidemic of influenza on Tristan da Cunha


Respiratory disease on Tristan da Cunha has been observed since the islanders returned in 1962. An epidemic of unprecedented severity occurred in the winter of 1971 and involved 273 (96%) of 284 islanders, 92 of whom had two attacks.

The epidemic was apparently introduced by the Tristania.

The illness of both first and second attacks ranged from mild to severe but there were some differences. There were two deaths, both in elderly persons with chronic chest disease and heart failure. Serological evidence suggests that this was due to influenza A2 of the Hong Kong serotype H3N2.

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