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CASE REPORT
A Patient with Influenza A with Acute Respiratory Failure Requiring Intensive Care After Traveling to Hong Kong
Department of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo Metropolitan Bokutoh General Hospital
Naoya SAKAMOTO, Mayu HIKONE & Sentaro IWABUCHI
(Received December 28, 2016)
(Accepted March 30, 2017)
Key words: influenza A (H1N1) pdm09, avian influenza
Abstract

A 59-year-old man was referred to our hospital with acute respiratory failure. He had returned from Hong Kong one week before the symptoms appeared. Although avian influenza has been reported in China since 2013, a pharyngeal swab revealed influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 instead of influenza A (H7N9). The patient required intensive care including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and continuous hemodiafiltration. Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases are globally endemic. However, intensive care systems in Japan might not be sufficient to care for patients presenting with acute respiratory failure after returning from abroad. An optimal system for the acceptance and intensive care of such patients should be considered.

[ Kansenshogaku Zasshi 91: 764-768, 2017 ]

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