Risk factors for respiratory syncytial virus bronchiolitis hospital admission in New Zealand.

Grimwood, K; Cohet, C; Rich, FJ; Cheng, S; Wood, C; Redshaw, N; Cunningham, CW; Pearce, N; Kirman, JR; (2008) Risk factors for respiratory syncytial virus bronchiolitis hospital admission in New Zealand. Epidemiology and infection, 136 (10). pp. 1333-41. ISSN 0950-2688 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0950268807000180

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This study assessed risk factors for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) hospitalization and disease severity in Wellington, New Zealand. During the southern hemisphere winter months of 2003--2005, 230 infants aged < 24 months hospitalized with bronchiolitis were recruited. RSV was indentified in 141 (61%) infants. Comparison with data from all live hospital births from the same region (2003--2005) revealed three independent risk factors for RSV hospitalization: birth between February and July [adjusted risk ratio (aRR) 1.62, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.5-2.29], gestation <37 weeks (aRR 2.29, 95% CI 1.48-3.56) and M?ori ethnicity (aRR 3.64, 95% CI 2.27-5.85), or Pacific ethnicity (aRR 3.60, 95% CI 2.14-6.06). The high risk for M?ori and Pacific infants was only partially accounted for by other known risk factors. This work highlights the importance of RSV disease in indigenous and minority populations, and identifies the need for further research to develop public health measures that can reduce health disparities.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Medical Statistics
Research Centre: Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 18177522
Web of Science ID: 260579500008
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/1527


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