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Influenza virus load in hospitalised patients.

Lee, N, Chan, P. K., Hui, D, Choi, K. W., Cockram, C.S. and Timothy, Rainer 2013. Influenza virus load in hospitalised patients. Hong Kong Medical Journal 19 (3 (S4)) , pp. 15-18.

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1. Hospitalised patients with severe influenza have persistently high viral loads, for whom a different therapeutic approach may be needed. 2. Active screening of influenza infection should be performed in all high-risk patients hospitalised with febrile respiratory illness. Early diagnosis and treatment to suppress the high viral load may maximise clinical benefit. 3. For late presenting high- risk patients with severe symptoms, their viral load may remain high, and initiation of antiviral treatment may still be worthwhile. 4. More stringent infection control measures, including strict droplet precautions and preferably isolation for an extended period of time may be necessary owing to prolonged viral shedding. 5. Randomised, controlled trials are indicated to address timing and dosage of treatment for severe influenza infection

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Press
ISSN: 1024-2708
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 09:17

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