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Research Article

Sentinel Surveillance of Influenza-Like Illness in Two Hospitals in Maracay, Venezuela: 2006–2010

  • Guillermo Comach mail,

    gcomach@yahoo.com

    Affiliation: Laboratorio Regional de Diagnostico e Investigacion del Dengue y otras Enfermedades Virales (LARDIDEV), Instituto de Investigaciones Biomedicas de la Universidad de Carabobo (BIOMED-UC), Maracay, Venezuela

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  • Nimfa Teneza-Mora,

    Affiliation: Naval Medical Research Center, Silver Spring, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Tadeusz J. Kochel,

    Affiliations: Naval Medical Research Center, Silver Spring, Maryland, United States of America, U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit Six (NAMRU-6), Lima, Peru

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  • Carlos Espino,

    Affiliation: Laboratorio Regional de Diagnostico e Investigacion del Dengue y otras Enfermedades Virales (LARDIDEV), Instituto de Investigaciones Biomedicas de la Universidad de Carabobo (BIOMED-UC), Maracay, Venezuela

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  • Gloria Sierra,

    Affiliation: Laboratorio Regional de Diagnostico e Investigacion del Dengue y otras Enfermedades Virales (LARDIDEV), Instituto de Investigaciones Biomedicas de la Universidad de Carabobo (BIOMED-UC), Maracay, Venezuela

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  • Daria E. Camacho,

    Affiliation: Laboratorio Regional de Diagnostico e Investigacion del Dengue y otras Enfermedades Virales (LARDIDEV), Instituto de Investigaciones Biomedicas de la Universidad de Carabobo (BIOMED-UC), Maracay, Venezuela

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  • V. Alberto Laguna-Torres,

    Affiliation: U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit Six (NAMRU-6), Lima, Peru

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  • Josefina Garcia,

    Affiliation: U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit Six (NAMRU-6), Lima, Peru

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  • Gloria Chauca,

    Affiliation: U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit Six (NAMRU-6), Lima, Peru

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  • Maria E. Gamero,

    Affiliation: U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit Six (NAMRU-6), Lima, Peru

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  • Merly Sovero,

    Affiliation: U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit Six (NAMRU-6), Lima, Peru

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  • Slave Bordones,

    Affiliation: Hospital José María Carabaño Tosta, Instituto Venezolano de los Seguros Sociales, Maracay, Venezuela

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  • Iris Villalobos,

    Affiliation: Hospital Central de Maracay, Corporación de Salud de Aragua (CORPOSALUD ARAGUA), Maracay, Venezuela

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  • Angel Melchor,

    Affiliation: Dirección de Epidemiología, Corporación de Salud de Aragua (CORPOSALUD ARAGUA), Maracay, Venezuela

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  • Eric S. Halsey

    Affiliation: U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit Six (NAMRU-6), Lima, Peru

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  • Published: September 11, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0044511

About the Authors

Guillermo Comach, Carlos Espino, Gloria Sierra, Daria E. Camacho
Laboratorio Regional de Diagnostico e Investigacion del Dengue y otras Enfermedades Virales (LARDIDEV), Instituto de Investigaciones Biomedicas de la Universidad de Carabobo (BIOMED-UC), Maracay, Venezuela
Nimfa Teneza-Mora, Tadeusz J. Kochel
Naval Medical Research Center, Silver Spring, Maryland, United States of America
Tadeusz J. Kochel, V. Alberto Laguna-Torres, Josefina Garcia, Gloria Chauca, Maria E. Gamero, Merly Sovero, Eric S. Halsey
U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit Six (NAMRU-6), Lima, Peru
Slave Bordones
Hospital José María Carabaño Tosta, Instituto Venezolano de los Seguros Sociales, Maracay, Venezuela
Iris Villalobos
Hospital Central de Maracay, Corporación de Salud de Aragua (CORPOSALUD ARAGUA), Maracay, Venezuela
Angel Melchor
Dirección de Epidemiología, Corporación de Salud de Aragua (CORPOSALUD ARAGUA), Maracay, Venezuela

Corresponding Author

Email: gcomach@yahoo.com

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: G. Comach TJK VALT. Performed the experiments: DEC G. Chauca MEG MS. Analyzed the data: G. Comach NTM TJK CE VALT JG ESH. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: G. Comach TJK GS DEC G. Chauca MEG MS SB IV AM. Wrote the paper: G. Comach NTM TJK CE GS DEC VALT JG ESH. Revised the article critically for important intellectual content: TJK CE GS DEC VALT JG EHS SB IV AM.