Journal article

Seasonal variation of respiratory viral infections: a comparative study between children with cancer undergoing chemotherapy and children without cancer

Tal Dror, Meredith Akerman, Asif Noor, Mark E Weinblatt, Shahidul Islam, Chana L Glasser

PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGY AND ONCOLOGY | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2021

Abstract

Respiratory viral infections (RVIs) affect children year-round, with seasonal-specific patterns. Pediatric oncology patients are uniquely vulnerable to infection, but whether this predisposes them to different patterns of RVIs than healthy children is unknown. There is also limited data on the impact of RVIs on cancer patients. We conducted a retrospective study of children ages 1-21 with cancer presenting to the clinic and emergency department (ED) and a randomly selected subset of patients without cancer presenting to the ED who had positive nasopharyngeal viral polymerase chain reactions at our institution from 2014 to 2019. Sixty-seven cancer patients (206 RVI episodes) and 225 pediatric..

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