A new study from Rhode Island Hospital examined patients with viruses and found distinguishing characteristics of the H1N1 virus in how it affects respiratory illness.
Phil Chan, MD, an infectious diseases fellow at Rhode Island Hospital, studied the signs, symptoms, and laboratory findings of 668 adult and pediatric patients who were treated at Rhode Island Hospital or its partner, The Miriam Hospital, between October and December 2009 with a confirmed viral infection.
Chan says, “Compared to patients with other viruses, individuals with novel Influenza A, or H1N1, were more likely to present with subjective fever, cough, sore throat, nausea/vomiting. The mean white blood count of patients with H1N1 is lower than with other viruses as well.”
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