This article discusses the pandemic of a novel strain of H1N1 swine-origin influenza A virus that emerged in the United States and Mexico in the spring of 2009. The ability of real-time reports of influenza-like illness symptoms and rapid influenza diagnostic tests were examined to approximate the spatiotemporal distribution of PCR-confirmed S-OIV cases for the purposes of focusing local intervention efforts.
The results suggested that influenza-like illness symptoms and rapid influenza diagnostic spatiotemporal analysis may be useful in understanding the nature of S-OIV outbreaks in space and time. An understanding of real-time intervention and control can effectively inform when and where local intervention should be focused and minimize outbreak impacts.
Wilson, J. G., Ballou, J., Yan, C., Fisher-Hoch, S. P., Reininger, B., Gay, J., . . . Calvillo, F. (2010). Utilizing spatiotemporal analysis of influenza-like illness and rapid tests to focus swine-origin influenza virus intervention. Health & Place,16(6), 1230-1239. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2010.08.010