Title

Assessment and validation of syndromic case definitions for respiratory syncytial virus testing in a low resource population

Document Type

Report

Department

Women and Child Health; Paediatrics and Child Health

Abstract

Standardized case definitions are needed in decision-making regarding respiratory syncytial virus control strategies, including vaccine evaluation. A syndromic case definition comprising of "wheeze or apnea or cyanosis" could be useful for community-based surveillance of moderate respiratory syncytial virus infection among young infants particularly in resource-limited settings. However, this definition showed modest specificity (29.2%-49.6%), indicating that community-based surveillance may need augmentation with other data.

Publication

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal

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