Acta Scientific Microbiology (ASMI) (ISSN: 2581-3226)

Review Article Volume 3 Issue 3

Influenza morbidity and mortality in Kerala: Hotspots that go unnoticed

Prabin Pradeep, Vidya Manju, Sathish Mundayoor and Mohammad Feraz Ahsan*

Centre for Communicable Diseases, Control and Prevention (Viral Research and Diagnostic Centre), Inter University Centre for Biomedical Research and Super Speciality Hospital, Kerala, India

*Corresponding Author: Mohammad Feraz Ahsan, Centre for Communicable Diseases, Control and Prevention (Viral Research and Diagnostic Centre), Inter University Centre for Biomedical Research and Super Speciality Hospital, Kerala, India. E-mail:

Received: February 17, 2020; Published: March 10, 2020



  Influenza viruses are a major health challenge faced by the global society; with the need for new vaccine every year and also the surfacing of antiviral resistance. Kerala has witnessed the occurrence of some zoonotic diseases in the past; there is presence of influenza A virus H1N1 in the state, but there is no proper data on any subtypes other than H1N1 from Kerala. The state is ecologically rich in forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife, resulting in mingling of many different species of animals and birds. Humans are at potential risk of getting infected from zoonotic viruses’ transmitted from the animal reservoir. This review tries to create a systemic data from the available data source on the presence of influenza virus in Kerala, also the status of the fauna of the state to identify the possible hotspots of viral spillover.

Keywords: Influenza Virus; Epidemiology; Kerala; Zoonotic Diseases; H1N1; Swine Flu



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Citation: Pradeep P., et al. “Influenza morbidity and mortality in Kerala: Hotspots that go unnoticed". Acta Scientific Microbiology 3.4 (2020): 75-96.


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