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2022 Mar



Assessment of surveillance predictors for suspected respiratory syncytial virus, influenza and infections in children aged <5 years in Madagascar.


Razanajatovo N H, Andrianirina Z Z, Andriatahina T, Guillebaud J, Harimanana A, Ratsima E H, Rakotoariniaina H, Orelle A, Ratovoson R, Irinantenaina J, Rakotonanahary D A, Ramparany L, Randrianirina F, Heraud J-M, Richard V
IJID Reg. 2022 Mar; 2:82-89.
PMID: 35757077.


The lack of rapid, sensitive and affordable diagnostic tests that can distinguish a wide variety of respiratory pathogens at the point of care is an obstacle to the rapid implementation of control measures following events and epidemics. In addition, the absence of a standardized case definition to differentiate putative aetiologies is a challenge to assessing the burden of disease. This study aimed to identify the clinical spectrum of respiratory pathogens commonly associated with respiratory tract infections in the context of disease surveillance.