Evaluation of the New World Health Organization Case Definition of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection for Influenza Surveillance During the Peak Weeks of Two Influenza Seasons in Quebec, Canada.

During the peak of the 2012-2013 and 2014-2015 influenza seasons in Quebec, Canada, the sensitivity of the new World Health Organization (WHO) case definition of severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) in 5-year-old children was 65% for polymerase chain reaction-confirmed influenza and 79% for other respiratory viruses (ORVs), whereas its specificity and positive predictive value were approximately 2- and 4-fold lower for influenza than ORVs (25% vs 40% and 18% vs 76%, respectively). The use of the WHO SARI definition for influenza surveillance in children should be interpreted with caution according to the specific surveillance goals.
Auteurs (Zotero)
Amini, R.; Gilca, R.; Douville-Fradet, M.; Boulianne, N.; De Serres, G.
Date de publication (Zotero)
septembre, 2017