Respiratory Viral Infections and Infection Prevention Practices Among Women With Acute Respiratory Illness During Delivery Hospitalizations During the 2019-2020 Influenza Season

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  • BACKGROUND: We conducted a cross-sectional study of pregnant women with acute respiratory illness during delivery hospitalizations during influenza season to describe clinical testing for respiratory viruses and infection prevention practices. METHODS: Women had nasal swabs tested for influenza and other respiratory viruses. Among 91 enrolled women, 22 (24%) had clinical testing for influenza. RESULTS: Based on clinical and study testing combined, 41 of 91 (45%) women had samples positive for respiratory viruses. The most common virus was influenza (17 of 91, 19%); 53% (9 of 17) of influenza virus infections were identified through study testing alone. Only 16% of women were on droplet precautions. CONCLUSIONS: Peripartum respiratory infections may be underrecognized.
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  • Dawood FS; Varner M; Munoz F; Stockwell MS; Suyama J; Li DK; Tita A; Mathias L; Shakib JH; Piedra PA
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  • 225
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