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Volume 16, Number 2—February 2010

Research

Household Responses to Pandemic (H1N1) 2009–related School Closures, Perth, Western Australia

Paul V. EfflerComments to Author , Dale Carcione, Carolien Giele, Gary K. Dowse, Leigh Goggin, and Donna B. Mak
Author affiliations: Associate Editor, Emerging Infectious Diseases journal, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (P.V. Effler); Department of Health, Perth, Western Australia, Australia (P.V. Effler, D. Carcione, C. Giele, G.K. Dowse, L. Goggin, D.B. Mak)

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Table 1

Symptoms reported by contacts and peers who became ill during pandemic (H1N1) 2009–related school closures, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, June 8–14, 2009

Sign or symptom No. (%) persons with ILI,* n = 6 No. (%) persons with URI,† n = 13 Total no. (%) persons, n = 19
Fever 6 (100) 1 (8) 7 (37)
Sore throat 6 (100) 6 (46) 12 (63)
Headache 5 (83) 4 (31) 9 (47)
Cough 4 (67) 4 (31) 8 (42)
Runny nose 4 (67) 7 (54) 11 (58)
Sneezing 3 (50) 2 (15) 5 (26)
Chills 2 (33) 0 2 (11)
Fatigue 1 (17) 1 (8) 2 (11)
Muscle aches 0 2 (15) 2 (11)
Diarrhea 0 1 (8) 1 (5)
Vomiting 0 2 (15) 2 (11)
Other 0 4 (31) 4 (21)

*ILI, influenza-like illness; defined as a history of fever with cough, sore throat, or both.
†URI, upper respiratory infection; defined as an illness not meeting ILI criteria but with >1 of the following: sore throat, cough, or runny nose.

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