The early transmission dynamics of H1N1pdm influenza in the United Kingdom

Azra C Ghani, Marc Baguelin, Jamie T Griffin, Stefan Flasche, Richard Pebody, Albert Jan Van Hoek, Simon Cauchemez, Ian M Hall, Christl A Donnelly, Chris Robertson, Michael T White, Iain Barrass, Christophe Fraser, Alison Bermingham, James Truscott, Joanna Ellis, Helen E Jenkins, George Kafatos, Tini Garske, Ross HarrisJim McMenamin, Colin Hawkins, Nick Phin, André Charlett, Maria Zambon, W. John Edmunds, Mike Catchpole, Steve Leach, Peter J White, Neil M Ferguson, Ben S Cooper

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We analyzed data on all laboratory-confirmed cases of H1N1pdm influenza in the UK to 10th June 2009 to estimate epidemiological characteristics. We estimated a mean incubation period of 2.05 days and serial interval of 2.5 days with infectivity peaking close to onset of symptoms. Transmission was initially sporadic but increased from mid-May in England and from early June in Scotland. We estimated 37% of transmission occurred in schools, 24% in households, 28% through travel abroad and the remainder in the wider community. Children under 16 were more susceptible to infection in the household (adjusted OR 5.80, 95% CI 2.99-11.82). Treatment with oseltamivir plus widespread use of prophylaxis significantly reduced transmission (estimated reduction 16%). Households not receiving oseltamivir within 3 days of symptom onset in the index case had significantly increased secondary attack rates (adjusted OR 3.42, 95% CI 1.51-8.55).

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
JournalPLoS Currents
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2010


  • H1N1pdm influenza
  • UK
  • inoculation period
  • transmission dynamics

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Ghani, A. C., Baguelin, M., Griffin, J. T., Flasche, S., Pebody, R., Van Hoek, A. J., Cauchemez, S., Hall, I. M., Donnelly, C. A., Robertson, C., White, M. T., Barrass, I., Fraser, C., Bermingham, A., Truscott, J., Ellis, J., Jenkins, H. E., Kafatos, G., Garske, T., ... Cooper, B. S. (2010). The early transmission dynamics of H1N1pdm influenza in the United Kingdom. PLoS Currents.