Rates of influenza-like illness and winter school breaks, Chile, 2004-2010

Gerardo Chowell, Sherry Towers, Cécile Viboud, Rodrigo Fuentes, Viviana Sotomayor

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Abstract

To determine effects of school breaks on influenza virus transmission in the Southern Hemisphere, we analyzed 2004-2010 influenza-like-illness surveillance data from Chile. Winter breaks were significantly associated with a two-thirds temporary incidence reduction among schoolchildren, which supports use of school closure to temporarily reduce illness, especially among schoolchildren, in the Southern Hemisphere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1203-1207
Number of pages5
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Volume20
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Epidemiology
  • Medicine(all)

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Chowell, G., Towers, S., Viboud, C., Fuentes, R., & Sotomayor, V. (2014). Rates of influenza-like illness and winter school breaks, Chile, 2004-2010. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 20(7), 1203-1207. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2007.130967