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From Influenza-Induced Acute Lung Injury to Multiorgan Failure

  • B. M. TangEmail author
  • T. Cootes
  • A. S. McLean
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Part of the Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (AUICEM)

Abstract

Influenza viruses are among the most common causes of human respiratory infection, causing high morbidity and mortality. In the United States, influenza results in approximately 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths during a seasonal epidemic [1]. During a pandemic, up to 50% of the population can be infected by influenza, increasing the number of deaths [2]. In 1918, the worst influenza pandemic recorded in history caused up to 50 million deaths worldwide, with elderly, infants, and people with underlying illness having the highest risk of fatality [3].

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Intensive Care MedicineNepean HospitalKingswoodAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Immunology and Allergy ResearchWestmead Institute for Medical ResearchWestmeadAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Central Clinical SchoolUniversity of SydneyDarlingtonAustralia

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