The sudden infant death syndrome and epidemic viral disease

Kenrad E. Nelson, Mark A. Greenberg, Maurice A. Mufson, Vijai K. Moses

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A study was done to investigate the relationship between the sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and epidemic respiratory viral disease among hospitalized children under 18 months of age. During the 42 month-period of this study, there were 778 sudden infant deaths in Chicago and 3244 hospital admissions of children under 18 months for respiratory disease. Four outbreaks of respiratory syncytial (RS) virus infections, three outbreaks of influenza A virus infections, and several small clusters of parainfluenza virus infections occurred during the course of this study. Influenza A was the only virus infection found to have a statistically significant association with SIDS. Although environmental temperature was also significantly correlated with SIDS, the association with influenza A virus infection was independent of this temperature effect and neither association was strong.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-430
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of epidemiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1975
Externally publishedYes


  • Infant mortality
  • Respiratory tract diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology


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