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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 146-149

Clinical description of human bocavirus viremia in children with LRTI, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia

1 Department of Pediatrics, University of Dammam, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Microbiology, University of Dammam, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
3 Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Center for Research and Consultation Studies, University of Dammam, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
4 Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
5 Department of Medicine, University of Dammam, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dalal K Bubshait
Department of Pediatrics, King Fahd Hospital of the University, Khobar
Saudi Arabia
Manal Ismaeel Hassan
Department of Microbiology, University of Dammam, Dammam
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1817-1737.151437

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Human bocavirus (HBoV) is a major etiology of lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI) in young children. We tested 149 patients admitted to King Fahd Hospital of the University with diagnosis of LRTI. Viremia caused by the different studied viruses was detected in 31.5% of the total cases by Real-time Polymerase chain reaction. We report five patients who were positive for HBoV in serum samples. Clinical presentation ranged from mild to severe disease as one of them required admission to intensive care unit. Wheezing was a striking feature in most of our patients, but fever was not a consistent finding.

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