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Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2014 Mar;33(3):314-6. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000000035.

Detection of norovirus in respiratory secretions in children with respiratory tract infection.

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  • 1From the Pediatric Clinic 1, Department of Pathophysiology and Transplantation, Universit√† degli Studi di Milano, Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy.


To evaluate whether norovirus (NoV) can be a possible cause of respiratory tract infection, 562 nasopharyngeal samples collected from children admitted for influenza-like illness were tested for NoV. Three (0.5%) were positive NoV GII.4. The data show that NoV can be found in the respiratory secretions of children with respiratory symptoms and that respiratory involvement can precede gastrointestinal manifestations.

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