Life-threatening respiratory failure from H1N1 influenza 09 (human swine influenza)

Med J Aust. 2009 Aug 3;191(3):154-6. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2009.tb02726.x.


We present the first six cases of H1N1 influenza 09 (confirmed by a polymerase chain reaction test from nasopharyngeal swabs) in patients requiring admission to intensive care in Australia (in three hospitals in the north-western suburbs of Melbourne). These cases highlight the small but significant risk of life-threatening respiratory failure associated with H1N1 influenza 09 infection.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Influenza A Virus, H1N1 Subtype*
  • Influenza, Human / complications
  • Influenza, Human / diagnosis*
  • Influenza, Human / virology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / diagnosis
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / etiology*
  • Risk Factors
  • Young Adult