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Comparison of adult patients hospitalised with pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza and seasonal influenza during the "PROTECT" phase of the pandemic response

Andrew R Davies, Steven A Webb, Ian M Seppelt and Rinaldo Bellomo
Med J Aust 2010; 192 (6): 356-358.
Published online: 15 March 2010

To the Editor: The recent article by Chang and colleagues concluded that “the clinical course and outcomes of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza virus are comparable to those of the current circulating seasonal influenza”, and that: “The high number of hospital admissions reflects a high incidence of disease in the community rather than an enhanced virulence of the novel pandemic influenza virus”.1 We are concerned that these assertions underemphasise the true severity of the influenza pandemic, and have led to inappropriate reporting in the media.2

  • Andrew R Davies1
  • Steven A Webb2
  • Ian M Seppelt3
  • Rinaldo Bellomo4

  • 1 Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, WA.
  • 3 Nepean Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
  • 4 Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: a.davies@alfred.org.au

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