Influenza-like illness and viral aetiology in Hong Kong children
BJ Cowling1, KH Chan2, JSM Peiris1,3
1 School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong
2 Department of Microbiology, The University of Hong Kong
3 Centre for Influenza Research, The University of Hong Kong
1. Respiratory viruses are frequently detected in paediatric outpatients in Hong Kong, and non-influenza viruses appear to be associated with a much greater burden on ambulatory care than influenza A and B viruses do.
2. Increased detection of respiratory syncytial virus, parainfluenza, adenovirus, and bocavirus among inpatients suggest that these viruses may be associated with more severe illnesses than influenza and rhinovirus are, particularly in younger children.
3. Given the substantial burden of respiratory viruses other than influenza, more attention should be given to potential measures to control these diseases in Hong Kong.