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Commun Dis Rep CDR Rev. 1995 Nov 10;5(12):R177-9.

A school and community outbreak of influenza A.

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  • 1North Cumbria Health Authority.


In May 1995 a department of public health medicine was informed of an outbreak of respiratory and gastrointestinal illness in a local school. Eighty-three pupils and staff were affected out of a total of 247 people--an attack rate of 34%. The outbreak was investigated, control measures were instigated, and the outbreak subsided. Pupils and staff were surveyed and faecal specimens were collected. Blood specimens from a sample of pupils were examined serologically. No organisms were isolated from faecal specimens. Nine of the 18 blood specimens taken showed raised antibody titres against influenza A. This labour intensive investigation revealed a community outbreak of influenza A. Investigations in schools can be useful in community surveillance.

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