Yonago Acta medica 2011;54:4148
Pandemic Influenza: A Never-Ending Story
Division of Virology, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, Tottori University Faculty of Medicine, Yonago 683-8503, Japan
A novel pandemic influenza emerged in 2009, something that hasn’t been seen since 1977. The following issues will be introduced and discussed in this review: the history of influenza pandemics, the emergence of the novel pandemic influenza of 2009, epidemics in the southern and northern hemispheres after the recognition of index cases in the United States, mortality, viral characteristics, prevention in the household setting, clinical aspects, diagnosis, treatment and immunization. Some questions have been answered. However, a number of other questions remain. Scientific research must follow up on these unanswered questions.
Key words: influenza; pandemic; emergence; prevention; treatment