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Emerg Infect Dis. 2019 Jul;25(7):1408-1411. doi: 10.3201/eid2507.181261.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection in Homeless Populations, Washington, USA.

Abstract

Homelessness has not previously been identified as a risk factor for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection. We conducted an observational study at an urban safety-net hospital in Washington, USA, during 2012-2017. Hospitalized adults with RSV were more likely to be homeless, and several clinical outcome measures were worse with RSV than with influenza.

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COPD; RSV; United States; Washington; asthma; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; drug use; homeless persons; homeless populations; homelessness; infection; influenza; influenza virus; respiratory infection; respiratory syncytial virus; viruses

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