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Keywords:

  • Haiti;
  • influenza;
  • surveillance

Please cite this paper as: Fitter et al. (2012) Pandemic H1N1 influenza surveillance in Haiti, July–December 2009. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses DOI: 10.1111/irv.12060.

From June 2009 through December 2009, Haiti conducted sentinel surveillance for influenza. 499 samples were collected and tested using real-time RT-PCR. 197 (39.5%) were positive for influenza, including 95 (48%) pandemic (H1N1) 2009, 57 (29%) seasonal influenza A and 45 (23%) influenza B. The median age of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 cases was 21.7; two-thirds of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 cases were in patients aged 6 years – 35 years. Pandemic activity peaked in September and co-circulated with other influenza subtypes. The age distribution and seasonality of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 in Haiti were similar to other countries in the Caribbean region.