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Epidemiologic Notes and Reports Influenza -- Alaska

Nine influenza viruses, which, in preliminary hemagglutination-inhibition testing, appear antigenically related to A/Bangkok/1/79(H3N2), were isolated in Alaska between September 25 and October 25, 1982. These isolations are the first reported in the United States for the 1982-1983 season. One virus was isolated in Anchorage, the rest in Fairbanks; several isolates were from children 1 year old. School absenteeism in Fairbanks has not increased, but increases in influenza-like illness have been reported in nursery schools and kindergartens. Reported by D Ritter, Northern Region Laboratories, Section of Laboratories, J Middaugh, MD, State Epidemiologist, Alaska State Dept of Health and Social Svcs; Influenza Br, Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC.

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