H1N1 Outbreak Affected 1% of Medical Center’s Staff; Most Came to Work Anyway

July 17, 2013 | Risk Management News

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Nearly half of the healthcare workers in one New York City tertiary care center who exhibited influenzalike illnesses during the 2009 H1N1 outbreak tested positive for influenza, representing nearly 1% of the medical center’s employees, according to a study in the August 2013 Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. That season’s influenza outbreak took place in two primary waves during June and November 2009. The majority (61%) of cases in the medical center took place during the first wave of the outbreak; workers in those cases were more likely to have been exposed to patients’ respiratory secretions than workers in the second wave.

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