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Letters A/H1N1 flu pandemic

A/H1N1 and other viruses affecting cystic fibrosis

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 29 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3958
  1. Paul Whitaker, SpR in respiratory medicine1,
  2. Christine Etherington, associate specialist1,
  3. Miles Denton, consultant microbiologist2,
  4. Steven Conway, consultant physician1,
  5. Daniel Peckham, consultant physician1
  1. 1Regional Adult Cystic Fibrosis Unit, St James’s Hospital, Leeds LS9 7TF
  2. 2Department of Microbiology, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds LS1 3EX
  1. drpaulwhitaker{at}

    For over 12 months all patients attending our regional cystic fibrosis unit have had throat swabs analysed routinely for viruses with the polymerase chain reaction before starting intravenous antibiotics. We assessed the prevalence of A/H1N1 flu virus1 in acute severe exacerbations …

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