Intermittent occurrence of health care-onset influenza cases in a tertiary care facility during the 2017-2018 flu season.
Am J Infect Control. 2019 Jul 26;:
Authors: Bischoff W, Petraglia M, McLouth C, Viviano J, Bischoff T, Palavecino E
Health care-onset influenza (HOI) poses a major risk for hospitalized patients. During the 2017-2018 season, 37 HOI cases out of 382 inpatients (9.7%) with influenza were detected in a tertiary care hospital. HOI and community-onset influenza cases peaked simultaneously, and employee absenteeism was delayed by 1 month. A HOI to community-onset influenza case-comparison revealed associations with placement in rehabilitation, leukocytosis, health care-associated infections, and elevated mortality rates. Interventions should be selected based on the epidemiology of influenza occurrence.
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