March 12, 1973

Hong Kong Influenza in a Neonatal Unit

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Newborn Medicine, the Montreal Children's Hospital (Drs. Bauer and Stern), and the departments of pediatrics (Dr. Stern) and microbiology and immunology (Drs. Elie and Spence), McGill University, Montreal.

JAMA. 1973;223(11):1233-1235. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220110017005

Three simultaneous cases of viral infection acquired from the attending personnel occurred in a newborn intensive care nursery. Influenza A/Hong Kong/1/68 (H3N2) virus was isolated from two of them. The three infants were at high risk due to underlying disease. Although initial symptoms were dramatic, the course was benign with recovery in all cases. To our knowledge, these represent the first reported cases of Hong Kong influenza in a newborn population.