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Medically-attended respiratory illnesses amongst pregnant women in Brisbane, Australia

Ashiedu, Precious Rufus, Andrews, Ross M., Lambert, Stephen B., McHugh, Lisa, LeGros-Wilson, Sallyanne, Zenchyson, Judith, Arnold, Daniel, Shevill, Clementine and O'Grady, Kerry-Ann (2015). Medically-attended respiratory illnesses amongst pregnant women in Brisbane, Australia. Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report,39(3):E319-E322.

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IRMA ID 11381xPUB133
Title Medically-attended respiratory illnesses amongst pregnant women in Brisbane, Australia
Author Ashiedu, Precious Rufus
Andrews, Ross M.
Lambert, Stephen B.
McHugh, Lisa
LeGros-Wilson, Sallyanne
Zenchyson, Judith
Arnold, Daniel
Shevill, Clementine
O'Grady, Kerry-Ann
Journal Name Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 39
Issue Number 3
ISSN 0725-3141   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page E319
End Page E322
Total Pages 4
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Australian Government. Department of Health and Ageing. Office of Health Protection, Surveillance Branch
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract There are limited community-based data on the burden of influenza and influenza-like illnesses during pregnancy to inform disease surveillance and control. We aimed to determine the incidence of medically-attended respiratory illnesses (MARI) in pregnant women and the proportion of women who are tested for respiratory pathogens at these visits. We conducted a nested retrospective cohort study of a non-random sample of women aged 18 years or over who had a live birth in maternity units in Brisbane, Queensland, from March 2012 to October 2014. The primary outcomes were self-reported doctor visits for MARI and laboratory investigations for respiratory pathogens. Descriptive analyses were performed. Among 1,202 participants, 222 (18.5%, 95%CI 16.3%–20.7%) self-reported MARI during their pregnancy. Of those with a MARI, 20.3% (45/222) self-reported a laboratory test was performed. We were able to confirm with health service providers that 46.7%m (21/45) of tests were undertaken, responses from providers were not received for the remainder. Whilst one in 5 women in this population reported a MARI in pregnancy, only 3.7% (45/1,202) reported a clinical specimen had been arranged at the consultation and the ability to validate that self-report was problematic. As the focus on maternal immunisation increases, ascertainment of the aetiological agent causing MARI in this population will be required and efficient and reliable methods for obtaining these data at the community level need to be established. Commun Dis Intell 2015;39(3):E319–E322.
Keywords Influenza
Laboratory confirmation
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