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Influenza Research and Treatment
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 480763, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/480763
Research Article

Influenza-Associated Mortality in Georgia (2009–2011)

National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, 9 Asatiani Street 0177 Tbilisi, Georgia

Received 24 April 2012; Revised 7 July 2012; Accepted 9 July 2012

Academic Editor: Zichria Zakay-Rones

Copyright © 2012 Maia Butsashvili et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We analyzed data from NCDCPH Georgia where samples from outpatients with influenza-like illness (ILI) and inpatients with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARI) are referred for testing on influenza virus using PCR analysis. During 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 influenza pandemics total number of the laboratory-confirmed influenza cases were 1286 with 33 deaths (all of them influenza type A) and 1203 (51.4% type A) with 44 deaths, respectively. At least one underlying medical condition was reported in 70.7% (for pandemic influenza strain) and 96% (for influenza type B) of deaths. Predominating preexisting condition was coronary heart disease.