Seasonal influenza activity based on laboratory surveillance in Malaysia, 2011-2016

Sam, I-Ching and Noraini, Wan and Sandhu, Sukhvinder Singh and Norizah, Ismail and Selvanesan, Sengol and Thayan, Ravindran and Yusof, Mohd Apandi and Hassan, Ardalinah and Jafar, Faizatul Lela and Chan, Yoke Fun (2018) Seasonal influenza activity based on laboratory surveillance in Malaysia, 2011-2016. Journal of Medical Virology, 91 (3). pp. 498-502. ISSN 0146-6615, DOI

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Influenza seasonality in equatorial countries is little understood. Seasonal and alert influenza thresholds were determined for Malaysia, using laboratory-based data obtained from the Malaysia Influenza Surveillance System and a major teaching hospital, from 2011 to 2016. Influenza was present year-round, with no clear annual seasons. Variable periods of higher transmission occurred inconsistently, in November to December, January to March, July to September, or a combination of these. These coincide with seasons in the nearby southeast Asian countries or winter seasons of the northern and southern hemispheres. Changes in the predominant circulating influenza type were only sometimes associated with increased transmission. The data can provide public health interventions such as vaccines. © 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: influenza; Malaysia; season; surveillance
Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology
R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2020 07:27
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2020 07:27

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