An outbreak of influenza a caused by imported virus in the United States, July 1999

Valerie L. Laurel, Caroline C. De Witt, Yolanda A. Geddie, Maryanne C. Yip, Donna M. Dolan, Linda C. Canas, Matthew J. Dolan, Elizabeth A. Walter

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Abstract

We report 32 cases of culture-proven influenza A (A/Sydney) caused by virus imported into mainland US militarybarracks from Puerto Rico in July 1999. Despite the fact that the shelf life of the influenza vaccine is 18 months and that the outbreak strain was a component of the previous year's vaccine, no vaccine was available from manufacturers, owing to US Food and Drug Administration regulations. Formal consideration should be given to extending the date of expiration and to maintaining a supply of the influenza vaccine year-round.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1639-1642
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Volume32
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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