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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 54-58

Patients with acute respiratory infection admitted to Al-Yarmouk teaching hospital during H1N1 outbreak in Baghdad 2013

1 Community medicine specialist at Al-Yarmouk Teaching Hospital
2 Consultant physician, Head of medical department at Al-Yarmouk Teaching Hospital
3 Specialist neurologist in Al-Yarmouk Teaching Hospital
4 Specialist physician at isolation unit, in Al-Yarmouk Teaching Hospital

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Background: Since August 2010 WHO announced that the H1N1 influenza virus has moved into the post-pandemic period. However, localized outbreaks of various magnitudes are likely to continue. Methods: A hospital based descriptive study of patients with a diagnosis of epidemic influenza admitted to Al-Yarmouk teaching hospital. Sixtyfive adult in- patients with a primary diagnosis of epidemic flue were enrolled in this study. Results: The mean age was 40.7±13.7 year. Only 9.2% of them were admitted to the RCU. Tachypnoea, dyspnoea, and auscultatory findings were the main presenting picture. Pneumonia was the most common complication occurring at a frequency of 44 (67.7%). Positive cases for epidemic flu virus were 11 patients at a rate of 16.9% of all admitted patients. Conclusion: Most admitted cases during H1N1 outbreak presented with the usual symptoms of flu. The course, complications, and the outcome of the disease have no direct relation with the positivity of nasal swabs for H1N1.

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