Journal article

Epidemiology and etiology of influenza-like-illness in households in Vietnam; it's not all about the kids!

Ngoc Thi Nguyen Diep, Quynh Mai Le, Juliet E Bryant, Le Khanh Hang Nguyen, Nguyen Minh Hoa Le, Behzad Nadjm, Quang Thai Pham, Nhu Duong Tran, Duc Anh Dang, Peter Horby, H Rogier van Doorn, Heiman FL Wertheim, Annette Fox

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL VIROLOGY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Household studies provide opportunities to understand influenza-like-illness (ILI) transmission, but data from (sub)tropical developing countries are scarce. OBJECTIVE: To determine the viral etiology and epidemiology of ILI in households. STUDY DESIGN: ILI was detected by active case finding amongst a cohort of 263 northern Vietnam households between 2008 and 2013. Health workers collected nose and throat swabs for virus detection by multiplex real-time RT-PCR. RESULTS: ILI was detected at least once in 219 (23.7%) of 945 household members. 271 (62.3%) of 435 nose/throat swabs were positive for at least one of the 15 viruses tested. Six viruses predominated amongst positive swab..

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