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Volume 21, Number 4—April 2015

Influenza A and B Viruses but Not MERS-CoV in Hajj Pilgrims, Austria, 2014

Judith H. AberleComments to Author , Theresia Popow-Kraupp, Peter Kreidl, Hermann Laferl, Franz X. Heinz, and Stephan W. Aberle
Author affiliations: Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria (J.H. Aberle, T. Popow-Kraupp, F.X. Heinz, S.W. Aberle); Federal Ministry of Health, Vienna (P. Kreidl); Sozialmedizinisches Zentrum Süd-Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Spital, Vienna (H. Laferl)

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Characteristics of pilgrims who returned from the Hajj with acute respiratory illness and detectable virus in respiratory specimens, Austria, 2014*

Patient no. Age, y/sex Other condition(s) Signs/symptoms Date of return from Hajj, Oct 2014 Date of sample collection, Oct 2014 Detected respiratory virus
1 50/M Diabetes Fever of 38°C, pneumonia, bronchitis 22 23 Influenza B†
2 49/M Hypothyroidism Fever of 39°C, pneumonia, bronchitis 21 22 Influenza A(H3N2)‡
3 47/F None Fever, cough 19 21 Influenza B†
4 57/M None Cough, bronchitis 19 21 Influenza B†
5 66/M Hypertension, cardiomyopathy Cough, lung infiltrates 13 20 Rhinovirus
6 54/M Diabetes, hypertension Cough, bronchitis 10 13 Rhinovirus
7 52/F Diabetes, hypertension, bronchial asthma Fever of 40°C, dyspnea 12 16 Influenza A(H3N2)‡

*All patients were negative for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus.
†B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus, Yamagata lineage.
‡A/Hong Kong/146/2013-like virus.

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