Mortality from Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Infection in Australian Children, 1999-2011 Using National Datasets.
Gulam Khandaker, Camille Raynes-Greenow, Hayley Smithers-Sheedy, Robert Booy, Robert Menzies, Cheryl Jones
Infectious Disorders - Drug Targets | Published : 2014
BACKGROUND: This study examines national childhood HSV mortality data in Australia from 1999-2011. This information is important to better understand the disease burden of HSV in early life and to formulate public health interventions. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) national mortality data from 1999- 2011 in children aged <15 years who died with specific ICD-10 codes for HSV infection listed as an underlying or contributing cause. RESULTS: Twenty nine HSV-associated deaths in children aged <15 years from 1999-2011 were identified (0.05 per 100,000 children; 95% CI 0.04-0.06), 16 in the first month of life (0.45 per 100,000 live births; 95% CI 0.23- 0..View full abstract