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Gastrointestinal manifestations among Chilean patients infected with novel influenza A (H1N1) 2009 virus
  1. A Riquelme1,
  2. M Álvarez-Lobos1,
  3. C Pavez1,
  4. P Hasbun2,
  5. J Dabanch3,
  6. C Cofré4,
  7. J Jimenez5,
  8. M Calvo6
  1. 1
    Department of Gastroenterology, Faculty of Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
  2. 2
    Department of Critical Care, Faculty of Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
  3. 3
    Hospital Militar de Santiago, Santiago, Chile
  4. 4
    Faculty of Medicine, Universidad de los Andes, Chile
  5. 5
    Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
  6. 6
    Instituto de Medicina, Universidad Austral, Chile
  1. Correspondence to Dr A Riquelme, Department of Gastroenterology, Faculty of Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Marcoleta 367, Santiago, Chile; arnoldoriquelme{at}gmail.com

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Influenza A (H1N1) viruses have been widely found in different species, hence different strains have been demonstrated to infect various species such as birds, pigs and humans. During this year a new influenza virus has recently emerged from a reassortment between triple reassortant swine virus and the Eurasian influenza A swine virus lineage.1 Since the World Health Organisation’s declaration of a new pandemic, the virus has continued to spread to different countries, with a higher number of cases in North and South America, of which Chile has emerged as one of the most affected countries worldwide2 (fig 1).

Figure 1

New influenza A (H1N1) 2009. The number of laboratory-confirmed cased worldwilde reported by the …

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