Epidemiology of respiratory syncytial virus infection among paediatric inpatients in northern Taiwan

Yhu-Chering Huang, T Y Lin, L Y Chang, Kin Sun Wong, S C Ning

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Respiratory syncytial virus circulated in the community throughout the year in northern Taiwan, a subtropical area, and a significant positive correlation between the percentage of respiratory syncytial virus detection and mean temperature was also documented.Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the most important cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in infants and young children . RSV epidemics occur yearly during winter and early spring in temperate climates and during the rainy season in tropical climates.However, there are scant epidemiological data concerning RSV infection in subtropical climates. To provide a rational basis for decisions concerning prophylaxis against RSV, we conducted this retrospective study to assess the epidemiology of RSV infection in northern Taiwan, a subtropical area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-582
Number of pages2
JournalEuropean Journal of Pediatrics
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2001
Externally publishedYes


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