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Respiratory infection—viral 

Respiratory infection—viral
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Respiratory infection—viral
Author(s):

Stephen Chapman

, Grace Robinson

, John Stradling

, Sophie West

, and John Wrightson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198703860.003.0044
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date: 20 January 2020

These common infections are typically self-limiting and managed in the community but, in the immunocompromised, can be devastating (especially with suppressed T-cell function such as following organ transplant). Viral pathogens discussed include influenza, cytomegalovirus (CMV), adenovirus, measles, human metapneumovirus, parainfluenza, respiratory syncitial virus (RSV), varicella pneumonia, hantavirus. Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) are covered and reflect recent developments. The circumstances surrounding these infections and appropriate laboratory tests are discussed in detail, as imaging of the lung is rarely diagnostic.

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