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Euro Surveill. 2014 Oct 2;19(39). pii: 20916.

Influenza season in Réunion dominated by influenza B virus circulation associated with numerous cases of severe disease, France, 2014.

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Cire ocean Indien (Cire OI), Institut de Veille Sanitaire (InVS), Saint Denis, Reunion, France.


The 2014 seasonal influenza in Réunion, a French overseas territory in the southern hemisphere, was dominated by influenza B. Resulting morbidity impacted public health. Relative to the total number of all-cause consultations over the whole season, the rate of acute respiratory infection (ARI) consultations was 6.5%. Severe disease occurred in 32 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases (31.7 per 100,000 ARI consultations), 16 with influenza B. The observed disease dynamics could present a potential scenario for the next European influenza season.

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