Features of dengue and chikungunya infections of colombian children under 24 months of age admitted to the emergency department

Angel Paternina-Caicedo, Fernando De la Hoz-Restrepo, Fredi Díaz-Quijano, William Caicedo-Torres, María Auxiliadora Badillo-Viloria, Doris Bula-Anichiarico, Nelson Alvis-Guzmán, Salim Mattar, Dagna Constenla, Hernando Pinzón-Redondo

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Abstract

We aimed to assess clinical and laboratory differences between dengue and chikungunya in children <24 months of age in a comparative study. We collected retrospective clinical and laboratory data confirmed by NS1/IgM for dengue for 19 months (1 January 2013 to 17 August 2014). Prospective data for chikungunya confirmed by real-time polymerase chain reaction were collected for 4 months (22 September 2014-14 December 2014). Sensitivity and specificity [with 95% confidence interval (CI)] were reported for each disease diagnosis. A platelet count <150 000 cells/ml at emergency admission best characterized dengue, with a sensitivity of 67% (95% CI, 53-79) and specificity of 95% (95% CI, 82-99). The algorithm developed with classification and regression tree analysis showed a sensitivity of 93% (95% CI, 68-100) and specificity of 38% (95% CI, 9-76) to diagnose dengue. Our study provides potential differential characteristics between chikungunya and dengue in young children, especially low platelet counts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-37
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of tropical pediatrics
Volume64
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018

Keywords

  • Chikungunya
  • Children
  • Complications
  • Dengue
  • Severe dengue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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