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Volume 27, Number 2—February 2021
Research Letter

COVID-19 and Infant Hospitalizations for Seasonal Respiratory Virus Infections, New Zealand, 2020

Adrian Trenholme1Comments to Author , Rachel Webb1, Shirley Lawrence, Sharon Arrol, Susan Taylor, Shanthi Ameratunga, and Catherine A. Byrnes
Author affiliations: Kidz First Children’s Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand (A. Trenholme, R. Webb, S. Lawrence); University of Auckland, Auckland (A. Trenholme, R. Webb, C.A. Byrnes); Department of Health Informatics, Auckland (R. Webb, S. Arrol); Middlemore Hospital, Auckland (S. Arrol, S. Taylor. S. Ameratunga); Population Health Directorate, Auckland (S. Ameratunga); Starship Children’s Health, Auckland (C.A. Byrnes)

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Data for children <2 years of age hospitalized for LRTI, South Auckland, New Zealand, March 1–August 31, 2015–2020*

Variable 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total hospitalizations for LRTI 1,249 881 1,012 916 1,031 159
Total PCR tests for LRTI viruses
Positive PCR results
RSV 214 224 317 204 388 2
Influenza A 28 16 56 53 85 1
Influenza B 11 6 11 1 97 0
Rhinovirus/enterovirus 285 274 378 283 495 252
Adenovirus 106 26 83 66 72 41

*LRTI, lower respiratory tract infection; RSV, respiratory syncytial virus.

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1These first authors contributed equally to this article.

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