Respiratory Syncytial Virus During Pregnancy

June 10, 2018 at 7:19 pm

Clinical Infectious Diseases June 1, 2018 V.66 N.11 P.1666–1667

Fernando P Polack

Fundacion INFANT, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Correspondence: F. P. Polack, Fundacion INFANT, Gavilan 94, Buenos Aires (1406), Argentina (Fernando.p.polack@vanderbilt.edu).

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the main viral cause of hospitalization in infants and young children worldwide [1]. More than 3 million severe cases and close to 100 000 pediatric deaths every year, half of them at home, demand effective interventions to mitigate disease burden [1]. Addressing this challenge is not easy, however, in part because more than 90% of severe cases and 99% of fatalities due to RSV occur in the developing world [1]. In fact, severe cases in industrialized countries almost exclusively affect high-risk groups that represent only a subset of those burdened by serious illness in developing nations. Congenital heart disease, neuromuscular disorders, chronic lung illness, and/or Down syndrome are almost ubiquitous in fatal cases in industrialized countries [2]. On the other hand, secondary bacterial infections and …

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Entry filed under: Biología Molecular, Epidemiología, Infecciones en embarzadas, Infecciones virales, Metodos diagnosticos, REPORTS.

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