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Detection of Norovirus In Respiratory Secretions In Children With Respiratory Tract Infection

Esposito, Susanna MD; Daleno, Cristina BSc; Scala, Alessia BSc; Senatore, Laura MD; Ascolese, Beatrice MD; Principi, Nicola MD

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: March 2014 - Volume 33 - Issue 3 - p 314–316
doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000000035
Brief Reports

To evaluate whether norovirus (NoV) can be a possible cause of respiratory tract infection, 562 nasopharygeal samples collected from children admitted for influenza-like illness were tested for NoV. Three (0.5%) were positive NoV GII.4. The data show that NoV can be found in the respiratory secretions of children with respiratory symptoms and that respiratory involvement can precede gastrointestinal manifestations.

From the Pediatric Clinic 1, Department of Pathophysiology and Transplantation, Università degli Studi di Milano, Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy.

Accepted for publication August 28, 2013.

This study was supported by a grant from the Italian Ministry of Health (Bando Giovani Ricercatori 2009). The authors have no other funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

Address for correspondence: Susanna Esposito, Pediatric Clinic 1, Department of Pathophysiology and Transplantation, Università degli Studi di Milano, Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Via Commenda 9, 20122 Milano, Italy. E-mail: susanna.esposito@unimi.it.

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.