RSV in the NICU

A prospective observational study from Australia used PCR to detect the presence of respiratory syncytial virus in specimens obtained from swabs of the nose, hands and personal clothing of visitors and healthcare workers in the NICU. These swabs were obtained once a week for eight weeks during RSV season.  Specimens were also obtained from nasal swabs of neonates and from environmental surfaces. RSV-RNA was present in 1% of nasal swabs from healthcare workers, visitors and neonates, 4% of swabs from clothing of visitors; and 9% of environmental swabs.

Respiratory syncytial virus is present in the neonatal intensive care unit. Homaira et al, 2015.