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Euro Surveill. 2019 Feb;24(9). doi: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2019.24.9.1900125.

Co-circulation of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 and influenza A(H3N2) viruses, World Health Organization (WHO) European Region, October 2018 to February 2019.

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1
World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Stockholm, Sweden.
3
The members of the network are listed at the end of the article.

Abstract

In the World Health Organization European Region, the 2018/19 influenza season started in week 49 2018, crossing 10% virus-positivity in sentinel surveillance specimens. At week 5 2019, activity remained elevated with positivity rates at 55%. Both A(H1N1)pdm09 and A(H3N2) viruses circulated widely and detection levels in primary care and hospital settings were similar to past seasons. Hospitalisation data may suggest an increased susceptibility to A(H1N1)pdm09 virus in older age groups.

KEYWORDS:

Europe, surveillance; epidemiology; influenza

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