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Volume 20, Number 11—November 2014

Death Patterns during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic in Chile

Gerardo ChowellComments to Author , Lone Simonsen, Jose Flores, Mark A. Miller, and Cécile Viboud
Author affiliations: Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA (G. Chowell); National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA (G. Chowell, M.A. Miller, C. Viboud); George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA (L. Simonsen); University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, USA (J. Flores); Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile (J. Flores)

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Table 2

Estimated rates of absolute excess pandemic deaths, by pandemic wave, age group, and cause of death, Concepción, Chile, 1918–20*

Cause of death
Age group, no. excess deaths/10,000 population
<20 y
20–29 y
30–49 y
>50 y
All ages
Jul 1918–Sep 1918 7.8 0.2 0.1 5.5 3.9
Nov 1918–Mar-1919 3.3 4.6 13.7 13.8 6.9
Aug 1919–Mar 1920 53.9 8.9 27.1 28 34.1
Total pandemic period
Jul 1918–Sep 1918 6.8 7.1 0.7 12.5 5.6
Nov 1918–Mar-1919 2.4 9.8 17.0 12.6 6.0
Aug 1919–Mar 1920 73.0 25.5 58.8 116.8 64.2
Total pandemic period 82.2 42.4 76.5 141.9 75.8

*Estimates of excess deaths were based on a seasonal regression model applied to weekly respiratory and all-cause mortality.

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