Respiratory syncytial virus infection among adults during influenza season: a frequently overlooked diagnosis.
J Med Virol. 2019 Mar 22;:
Authors: Martínez-Sanz J, Gilaberte Reyzábal S, Salillas J, Lago Gómez MR, Rodríguez-Zurita ME, Torralba M
Our objective is to assess the characteristics of RSV infection in adult patients and to establish differences with influenza viruses. Fifty-four patients diagnosed with RSV and 198 with influenza were prospectively included. Compared to influenza, empirical antimicrobial therapy was more frequent in patients diagnosed with RSV, whereas antibiotic withdrawal at the time of diagnosis confirmation was lower (OR 0.12; CI95% 0.01-0.90; p=0.040). RSV-positive patients were more likely to need hospital readmission (OR 3.00; CI95% 0.98-9.09; p=0.053). The role of RSV infection in adults is often overlooked, leading to inappropriate use of antibiotics and a probable increase in nosocomial RSV transmission. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
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