Use of palivizumab and infection control measures to control an outbreak of respiratory syncytial virus in a neonatal intensive care unit confirmed by real-time polymerase chain reaction.
AffiliationDepartment of Clinical Microbiology, University College Hospital, Galway, Ireland. firstname.lastname@example.org
Intensive Care, Neonatal
Polymerase Chain Reaction
Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infections
Respiratory Syncytial Virus, Human
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CitationUse of palivizumab and infection control measures to control an outbreak of respiratory syncytial virus in a neonatal intensive care unit confirmed by real-time polymerase chain reaction. 2011, 77 (4):338-42 J. Hosp. Infect.
JournalThe Journal of hospital infection
AbstractRespiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a potentially life-threatening infection in premature infants. We report an outbreak involving four infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of our hospital that occurred in February 2010. RSV A infection was confirmed by real-time polymerase chain reaction. Palivizumab was administered to all infants in the NICU. There were no additional symptomatic cases and repeat RSV surveillance confirmed that there was no further cross-transmission within the unit. The outbreak highlighted the infection control challenge of very high bed occupancy in the unit and the usefulness of molecular methods in facilitating detection and management.