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Clin Infect Dis. 2014 Jul 15;59(2):252-5. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciu269. Epub 2014 Apr 18.

Comparing clinical characteristics between hospitalized adults with laboratory-confirmed influenza A and B virus infection.

Author information

1
Influenza Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta Research and Education Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia.
2
Influenza Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
3
California Emerging Infections Program, Oakland.
4
Connecticut Emerging Infectious Program, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
5
School of Medicine, Emory University, and Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Atlanta, GA.
6
Iowa Department of Public Health, Des Moines.
7
Michigan Department of Community Health, Lansing.
8
Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul.
9
New Mexico Department of Health, Santa Fe.
10
Emerging Infections Program, New York State Department of Health, Albany.
11
Department of Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, New York.
12
Ohio Department of Health, Columbus.
13
Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma City.
14
Oregon Public Health Division, Portland.
15
South Dakota Department of Health, Pierre.
16
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee.
17
Salt Lake County Health Department, Salt Lake City, Utah.
18
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, Washington.

Abstract

We challenge the notion that influenza B is milder than influenza A by finding similar clinical characteristics between hospitalized adult influenza-cases. Among patients treated with oseltamivir, length of stay and mortality did not differ by type of virus infection.

KEYWORDS:

adult; antiviral treatment; hospitalization; influenza A and B virus infection

PMID:
24748521
DOI:
10.1093/cid/ciu269
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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