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An Outbreak of Human Rhinovirus Species C Infections in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Reid, Alistair Balfour MB BS, BMedSci*; Anderson, Tara Lee FRACP, FRCPA*; Cooley, Louise FRACP, FRCPA*; Williamson, Jan PhD; Mcgregor, Alistair Roy FRACP, FRCPA*

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: December 2011 - Volume 30 - Issue 12 - p 1096–1095
doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e31822938d7
Brief Reports

We describe an outbreak of human rhinovirus type C infection in 7 infants in our neonatal/pediatric intensive care unit. Five infants had clinically significant apneic episodes and 5 required increased oxygen or ventilatory support. Infants shed virus detectable by polymerase chain reaction for a median of 4 weeks.

From the *Infectious Diseases Unit and †Molecular Medicine Unit, Royal Hobart Hospital, Tasmania, Australia.

Accepted for publication June 14, 2011.

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

Address for correspondence: Alistair Balfour Reid, MB BS, 29/80 Trenerry Crescent, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia 3067. E-mail: reid.alistair@gmail.com.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.