Journal article

Risk factors for severe respiratory syncytial virus infection leading to hospital admission in children in the Western Region of The Gambia.

MW Weber, P Milligan, S Hilton, G Lahai, H Whittle, EK Mulholland, BM Greenwood

Int J Epidemiol | Published : 1999

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Acute lower respiratory tract infections (ALRI) are the major cause of mortality and morbidity in young children worldwide. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection is the most important viral cause of severe ALRI but only a small proportion of children infected with this virus develop severe disease. To identify possible risk factors for severe RSV infection leading to hospital admission we have carried out a case-control study of Gambian children with RSV infection admitted to hospital. METHODS: In all, 277 children admitted to three hospitals in the Western Region of The Gambia with lower respiratory tract infection due to RSV were compared with 364 control children matched..

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