Clinical and epidemiological characteristics of an influenza outbreak in military personnel-Trujillo, Peru, 2008

Authors

  • Edward Chávez Centro Médico Militar, 32.a Brigada de Infantería, Ejército del Perú. Trujillo, Perú. Médico
  • V. Alberto Laguna-Torres US Naval Medical Research Center Detachment (NMRCD)-Lima. Lima, Perú. Médico. Doctor en Ciencias.
  • Ana M. Burga Dirección de Epidemiología, Gerencia Regional de Salud La Libertad. Trujillo, Perú. Médico.
  • Merly Sovero US Naval Medical Research Center Detachment (NMRCD)-Lima. Lima, Perú. Bióloga.
  • Rollin Cruz Jefatura de Epidemiología del Ejército, Ejército del Perú. Lima, Perú. Médico.
  • Juan Pérez US Naval Medical Research Center Detachment (NMRCD)-Lima. Lima, Perú. Ingeniero analista/programador.
  • María Gamero US Naval Medical Research Center Detachment (NMRCD)-Lima. Lima, Perú. Bióloga.
  • Jane Ríos US Naval Medical Research Center Detachment (NMRCD)-Lima. Lima, Perú. Bióloga.
  • Tadeusz Kochel US Naval Medical Research Center Detachment (NMRCD)-Lima. Lima, Perú. Doctor en Ciencias.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17843/rpmesp.2010.273.1495

Keywords:

Influenza, Human, Disease Outbreaks, Military Personnel, Peru

Abstract

We describe an acute febrile respiratory infection outbreak in a military unit in Trujillo, Peru. Cases were identified using the influenza like illness (ILI) definition of the Ministry of Health. Nasal swab samples used for a rapid influenza test (RIT) and pharyngeal swab samples for viral isolation were taken. For influenza A, genotyping of a partial sequence of the hemagglutinin region was performed. The rate attack was 82.9%. Fifty-nine cases appeared between April 1 and 8, 2008; 58 came from the military unit (MU) #1 and one from the MU #2. The RIT identified 40 cases of influenza A and 43 cases were confirmed through cell culture. Isolations were genetically similar to the A H1N1 Brisbane strain. Early detection of outbreaks in confined locations such as military bases permits immediate action in preventing disease propagation.

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Published

2010-09-28

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How to Cite

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Chávez E, Laguna-Torres VA, Burga AM, Sovero M, Cruz R, Pérez J, et al. Clinical and epidemiological characteristics of an influenza outbreak in military personnel-Trujillo, Peru, 2008. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2010 Sep. 28 [cited 2024 Apr. 21];27(3). Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/1495

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