Influenza illness among case-patients hospitalized for suspected dengue, El Salvador, 2012

Rafael Chacon, Alexey Wilfrido Clara, Jorge Jara, Julio Armero, Celina Lozano, Nathalie El Omeiri, Marc-Alain Widdowson, Eduardo Azziz-Baumgartner

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Abstract

We estimate the proportion of patients hospitalized for suspected dengue that tested positive for influenza virus in El Salvador during the 2012 influenza season. We tested specimens from 321 hospitalized patients: 198 patients with SARI and 123 patients with suspected dengue. Among 121 hospitalized suspected dengue (two co-infected excluded) patients, 28% tested positive for dengue and 19% positive for influenza; among 35 with suspected dengue and respiratory symptoms, 14% were positive for dengue and 39% positive for influenza. One percent presented co-infection between influenza and dengue. Clinicians should consider the diagnosis of influenza among patients with suspected dengue during the influenza season.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume10
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)e0140890
ISSN1932-6203
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Coinfection/diagnosis
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Dengue/complications
  • El Salvador
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Influenza, Human/complications
  • Male
  • Sentinel Surveillance

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