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Antiviral Therapy for Avian Influenza Virus (H5N1) Infection at 2 Thai Medical Centers: Survey Findings and Implications for Pandemic Preparedness

Anucha Apisarnthanarak , MD and Linda M. Mundy , MD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 29, No. 12 (December 2008), pp. 1185-1188
DOI: 10.1086/592092
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/592092
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Antiviral Therapy for Avian Influenza Virus (H5N1) Infection at 2 Thai Medical Centers: Survey Findings and Implications for Pandemic Preparedness
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Abstract

In a survey of 150 physicians from an area where avian influenza virus (H5N1) infection is endemic, practice location (adjusted odds ratio [aOR], 4.45 [95% confidence interval {CI}, 1.02–26.4]) and the belief that rapid tests reliably predicted H5N1 infection (aOR, 5.6 [95% CI, 1.14–33.6]) were associated with not prescribing antiviral therapy; the belief that antiviral therapy reduced mortality was associated with prescribing an antiviral agent (aOR, 0.56 [95% CI, 0.14–0.95]).

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