Preliminary Communications

Surveillance of acute respiratory virus infections in general practice

Br Med J 1969; 4 doi: (Published 08 November 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;4:342
  1. Karen W. Martin,
  2. W. Blair,
  3. W. K. Brown,
  4. Alison Clarke,
  5. Alison M. T. McAlister


    The ordinary postal system provides a simple method for the transportation of specimens for virus isolation to the laboratory. This was used to carry out an epidemiological survey, in general practice, of respiratory viruses in patients with acute respiratory disease. Three distinct outbreaks of myxovirus infections were recognized and most other types of respiratory viruses were isolated sporadically. After the initial “pilot” phase of the study an isolation rate of 24% was obtained over the months from October 1968 to June 1969 (20% isolations from adults' specimens and 29% from those of children).

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