Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to site content
CDC Home

Influenza Outbreak -- Louisiana

The first outbreak of influenza confirmed by virus isolation in the contiguous states for the 1983-1984 season occurred in a home for retarded children in Louisiana. Of 44 children at the home, 33 (75%) experienced a febrile illness (temperature 38.3 C (101 F) or greater) between January 2 and January 4, 1984. Four cases among young adult staff and a volunteer worker occurred at the same time, and six additional cases, three in children and three in adults, were reported from January 5 to January 7. Two type A(H1N1) influenza viruses have been isolated from specimens collected on January 5 from ill children. CDC has received preliminary reports of other possible outbreaks of influenza, mainly among college students and schoolchildren from areas in the South Atlantic and South Central regions, which are under investigation.

Three additional states have reported their first influenza virus isolations for the current season. In Denver, Colorado, two isolates of type A(H1N1) virus were obtained from children; in Nashville, Tennessee, two isolates of type A(H3N2) virus were obtained from young siblings; and in Oregon, a type B virus was obtained from a 35-year-old man. Reported by RL Guy, MD, New Orleans, J McMichael, ET Wood, S Guey, DDS, Commissioner, Plaquemines Parish Health Dept, R Gohd, PhD, Charity Hospital, New Orleans, K Kelso, L McFarland, DrPH, CT Caraway, DVM, State Epidemiologist, Louisiana State Dept of Health; G Meiklejohn, MD, University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver; P Wright, MD, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee; B Matsuda, MPH, Oregon Public Health Laboratory; State Epidemiologists and Laboratory Directors; Div of Field Svcs, Epidemiology Program Office, Influenza Br, Div of Viral Diseases, Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC.

Use of trade names and commercial sources is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

References to non-CDC sites on the Internet are provided as a service to MMWR readers and do not constitute or imply endorsement of these organizations or their programs by CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CDC is not responsible for the content of pages found at these sites. URL addresses listed in MMWR were current as of the date of publication.


All MMWR HTML versions of articles are electronic conversions from typeset documents. This conversion might result in character translation or format errors in the HTML version. Users are referred to the electronic PDF version (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr) and/or the original MMWR paper copy for printable versions of official text, figures, and tables. An original paper copy of this issue can be obtained from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), Washington, DC 20402-9371; telephone: (202) 512-1800. Contact GPO for current prices.

**Questions or messages regarding errors in formatting should be addressed to mmwrq@cdc.gov.

 
USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333, USA
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - Contact CDC–INFO
A-Z Index
  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E
  6. F
  7. G
  8. H
  9. I
  10. J
  11. K
  12. L
  13. M
  14. N
  15. O
  16. P
  17. Q
  18. R
  19. S
  20. T
  21. U
  22. V
  23. W
  24. X
  25. Y
  26. Z
  27. #