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Detection of NH1N1 Influenza Virus in Nonrespiratory Sites Among Children

Wootton, Susan. H. MD*; Aguilera, Elizabeth A. MD*; Wanger, Audrey PhD; Jewell, Alan BS; Patel, Kirtida BS; Murphy, James R. PhD*; Piedra, Pedro A. MD‡§

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: January 2014 - Volume 33 - Issue 1 - p 95–96
doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e3182a09de7
Brief Reports

Among 20 children admitted with laboratory-confirmed influenza, viral RNA was detected in respiratory secretion, stool and blood in 19, 5 and 1 children, respectively. Gastrointestinal symptoms were common but were not associated with viral RNA in stool. nH1N1 viremia was detected, for the first time, in an immunocompetent child.

From the *Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases; Department of Pathology, University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center; Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology; and §Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

Accepted for publication June 14, 2013.

This work was supported by the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences and funded by National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Award UL1 RR024148 from the National Center for Research Resources. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Center for Research Resources or the National Institutes of Health. The authors have no other funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

Address for correspondence: Susan. H. Wootton, MD, University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center, 6431 Fannin St., MSB 2.106b, Houston, TX 77030. E-mail: susan.h.wootton@uth.tmc.edu.

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.