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Euro Surveill. 2009 Aug 6;14(31). pii: 19294.

Community transmission of influenza A (H1N1)v virus at a rock festival in Belgium, 2-5 July 2009.

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European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Stockholm, Sweden.

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  • Euro Surveill. 2009;14(32). pii: 19301.


On 6 July 2009 the Belgian enhanced surveillance system for influenza-like illness among travellers returning from influenza A(H1N1)v affected areas detected a case linked to a rock festival which took place on 2-5 July. The health authorities implemented communication and control measures leading to the detection of additional cases. This paper describes the outbreak and its impact on the management of the influenza pandemic in Belgium.

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