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Trend of respiratory pathogens during the COVID-19 epidemic.
J Clin Virol. 2020 08; 129:104470.JC

Abstract

In Italy, the first SARS-CoV-2 infections were diagnosed in Rome, Lazio region, at the end of January 2020, but sustained transmission occurred later, since the end of February. From 1 February to 12 April 2020, 17,164 nasopharyngeal swabs were tested by real time PCR for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 at the Laboratory of Virology of National Institute for Infectious Diseases "Lazzaro Spallanzani" (INMI) in Rome. In the same period, coincident with the winter peak of influenza and other respiratory illnesses, 847 samples were analyzed by multiplex PCR assay for the presence of common respiratory pathogens. In our study the time trend of SARS-CoV-2 and that of other respiratory pathogens in the same observation period were analysed. Overall, results obtained suggest that the spread of the pandemic SARS-CoV-2 virus did not substantially affect the time trend of other respiratory infections in our region, highlighting no significant difference in rates of SARS-CoV-2 infection in patients with or without other respiratory pathogens. Therefore, in the present scenario of COVID-19 pandemic, differential diagnosis resulting positive for common respiratory pathogen(s) should not exclude testing of SARS-CoV-2.

Authors+Show Affiliations

National Institute for Infectious Diseases "Lazzaro Spallanzani" IRCCS, Rome, Italy.National Institute for Infectious Diseases "Lazzaro Spallanzani" IRCCS, Rome, Italy.National Institute for Infectious Diseases "Lazzaro Spallanzani" IRCCS, Rome, Italy.National Institute for Infectious Diseases "Lazzaro Spallanzani" IRCCS, Rome, Italy.National Institute for Infectious Diseases "Lazzaro Spallanzani" IRCCS, Rome, Italy.National Institute for Infectious Diseases "Lazzaro Spallanzani" IRCCS, Rome, Italy. Electronic address: licia.bordi@inmi.it.National Institute for Infectious Diseases "Lazzaro Spallanzani" IRCCS, Rome, Italy.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32480215

Citation

Sberna, Giuseppe, et al. "Trend of Respiratory Pathogens During the COVID-19 Epidemic." Journal of Clinical Virology : the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology, vol. 129, 2020, p. 104470.
Sberna G, Amendola A, Valli MB, et al. Trend of respiratory pathogens during the COVID-19 epidemic. J Clin Virol. 2020;129:104470.
Sberna, G., Amendola, A., Valli, M. B., Carletti, F., Capobianchi, M. R., Bordi, L., & Lalle, E. (2020). Trend of respiratory pathogens during the COVID-19 epidemic. Journal of Clinical Virology : the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology, 129, 104470. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcv.2020.104470
Sberna G, et al. Trend of Respiratory Pathogens During the COVID-19 Epidemic. J Clin Virol. 2020;129:104470. PubMed PMID: 32480215.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Trend of respiratory pathogens during the COVID-19 epidemic. AU - Sberna,Giuseppe, AU - Amendola,Alessandra, AU - Valli,Maria Beatrice, AU - Carletti,Fabrizio, AU - Capobianchi,Maria Rosaria, AU - Bordi,Licia, AU - Lalle,Eleonora, Y1 - 2020/05/26/ PY - 2020/05/15/received PY - 2020/05/22/accepted PY - 2020/6/2/pubmed PY - 2020/8/12/medline PY - 2020/6/2/entrez KW - Respiratory pathogens KW - SARS-CoV-2 KW - Trend of infection SP - 104470 EP - 104470 JF - Journal of clinical virology : the official publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology JO - J Clin Virol VL - 129 N2 - In Italy, the first SARS-CoV-2 infections were diagnosed in Rome, Lazio region, at the end of January 2020, but sustained transmission occurred later, since the end of February. From 1 February to 12 April 2020, 17,164 nasopharyngeal swabs were tested by real time PCR for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 at the Laboratory of Virology of National Institute for Infectious Diseases "Lazzaro Spallanzani" (INMI) in Rome. In the same period, coincident with the winter peak of influenza and other respiratory illnesses, 847 samples were analyzed by multiplex PCR assay for the presence of common respiratory pathogens. In our study the time trend of SARS-CoV-2 and that of other respiratory pathogens in the same observation period were analysed. Overall, results obtained suggest that the spread of the pandemic SARS-CoV-2 virus did not substantially affect the time trend of other respiratory infections in our region, highlighting no significant difference in rates of SARS-CoV-2 infection in patients with or without other respiratory pathogens. Therefore, in the present scenario of COVID-19 pandemic, differential diagnosis resulting positive for common respiratory pathogen(s) should not exclude testing of SARS-CoV-2. SN - 1873-5967 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32480215/Trend_of_respiratory_pathogens_during_the_COVID_19_epidemic_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1386-6532(20)30212-2 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -