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Respiratory syncytial virus prevalence in children admitted to five Kenyan district hospitals: a cross-sectional study
  1. Jacqueline Le Geyt1,2,
  2. Stephanie Hauck3,
  3. Mark Lee2,
  4. Jennifer Mackintosh2,
  5. Jessica Slater2,
  6. Duke Razon2,
  7. Bhanu Williams4
  1. 1 Paediatric Emergency Department, Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Brighton, UK
  2. 2 Global Links Volunteer, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London, UK
  3. 3 Paediatric Department, Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital, Nanyuki, Kenya
  4. 4 Paediatric Department, London North West Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jacqueline Le Geyt; jacquilegeyt{at}


Acute respiratory infections (ARIs) are a leading cause of under-five mortality globally. In Kenya, the reported prevalence of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections in single-centre studies has varied widely. Our study sought to determine the prevalence of RSV infection in children admitted with ARI fulfilling the WHO criteria for bronchiolitis. This was a prospective cross-sectional prevalence study in five hospitals across central and highland Kenya from April to June 2015. Two hundred and thirty-four participants were enrolled. The overall RSV positive rate was 8.1%, which is lower than in previous Kenyan studies. RSV-positive cases were on average 5 months younger than RSV-negative cases.

  • tropical paediatrics
  • respiratory
  • epidemiology

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Ethics approval Ethical approval was obtained from Princeton University Institutional Review Board (Protocol # 6760) and Kenya Medical Research Institute. KEMRI/RES/7/3/1.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Collaborators Mr Peter Nash, Dr Sammy Kilonzo, Dr Grace Akechm, Dr Lydia Thuranira.

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