Clinical features of children hospitalized with influenza A and B infections during the 2012-2013 influenza season in Italy

Livia Mancinelli, Manuela Onori, Carlo Concato, Roberto Sorge, Stefano Chiavelli, Luana Coltella, Umberto Raucci, Antonio Reale, D. Menichella, Cristina Russo

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Abstract

Background: Influenza is a major public health issue worldwide. It is characterized by episodes of infection that involve hundreds of millions of people each year. Since that in the seasons 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 the circulation of FLUB was decreasing we evaluated the clinical presentation, demographic characteristics, admitting department, and length of stay in children who contracted influenza admitted to Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital, during the 2012-2013 influenza season, with the aim to establish if the recover of FLUB was associated to a clinical worsening, in comparison with those due to FLUA. Methods: A total of 133 respiratory specimens, collected from patients with symptoms of respiratory tract infections, positive for the Influenza A and B viruses (FLUA and B) were subtyped. Comparisons between the FLUA and FLUB groups were performed with the one-way ANOVA for continuous parametric variables, the Mann-Whitney test for non-parametric variables, or the Chi-Square test or Fisher's exact test (if cells

Original languageEnglish
Article number6
JournalBMC Infectious Diseases
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 8 2016

Keywords

  • Children
  • Clinical features
  • Hospitalization
  • Influenza viruses
  • Viral subtypes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases

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