Protective effect of maritime quarantine in South Pacific jurisdictions, 1918-19 influenza pandemic

Emerg Infect Dis. 2008 Mar;14(3):468-70. doi: 10.3201/eid1403.070927.


We reviewed mortality data of the 1918-19 influenza pandemic for 11 South Pacific Island jurisdictions. Four of these appear to have successfully delayed or excluded the arrival of pandemic influenza by imposing strict maritime quarantine. They also experienced lower excess death rates than the other jurisdictions that did not apply quarantine measures.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Australia / epidemiology
  • Disease Outbreaks / history*
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Influenza, Human / history*
  • Influenza, Human / mortality
  • Influenza, Human / prevention & control
  • Pacific Islands / epidemiology
  • Quarantine / history*