Delayed respiratory syncytial virus epidemic in children after relaxation of COVID-19 physical distancing measures, Ashdod, Israel, 2021

Moran Weinberger Opek, Yonatan Yeshayahu, Aharona Glatman-Freedman, Zalman Kaufman, Nadav Sorek, Tal Brosh-Nissimov

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    Abstract

    Following low incidence of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, we noted a resurgence in hospitalised children in spring/summer 2021 following relaxation of public health measures. We compared this outbreak to previous autumn/winter seasons. We found higher weekly case numbers and incidence rates, more cases from urban neighbourhoods with lower socioeconomic status, and similar clinical presentation and severity. Public health implications include the re-evaluation of palivizumab administration and the need for surge capacity planning.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalEurosurveillance
    Volume26
    Issue number29
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 1 Jul 2021

    Keywords

    • COVID-19
    • palivizumab administration
    • physical distancing
    • respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
    • seasonality
    • summer

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Epidemiology
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Virology

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