Respiratory virus detection and co-infection in children and adults in a large Australian hospital in 2009-2015.
Natasha S Ching, Despina Kotsanas, Mee L Easton, Michelle J Francis, Tony M Korman, Jim P Buttery
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health | Published : 2018
AIM: This hospital network-based retrospective observational study aimed to describe the prevalence and seasonality of paediatric and adult viral respiratory pathogens and their rates of co-infections, following the introduction of a rapid multiplex molecular diagnostic assay. METHODS: All nasopharyngeal samples tested in patients presenting to Monash Health, Melbourne, Australia, from August 2009 to July 2015 by means of multiplex tandem polymerase chain reaction using the Respiratory Pathogen 12Plex kit (AusDiagnostics) were included in the analysis. RESULTS: There were 28 729 patient samples analysed after duplicate samples were excluded. Positive results were twice as likely in paediatri..View full abstract