Viral etiology of acute respiratory infections in south Indian children

M. C. Steinhoff, B. Padmini, T. Jacob John, J. Kingsley, S. M. Pereira

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A total of 184 children with acute respiratory infection was investigated for viral infection in 1981-82 in Vellore, Tamil Nadu. In 32 children a virus was isolated by standard culture technique; 44 per cent of the isolates were parainfluenza viruses, 16 per cent influenza type B, and 9 per cent coxsackie type B. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), mumps, measles and herpes viruses each represented 6·3 per cent of all isolates. Parainfluenza viruses were present throughout the year, influenza type B was found during warm and col seasons, and RSV was isolated only in August. The seasonality of respiratory viruses in south India may be unique, and should be investigated further.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-353
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Medical Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1985

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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