Trends Of Respiratory Viral Infections in Punjab Pakistan In The Post COVID-19 Period

Authors

  • Hajra Farooq Department of Virology, Chughtai Instituteof Pathology, Lahore.
  • Waheed Uz Zaman Tariq Department of Virology, Chughtai Instituteof Pathology, Lahore.
  • Omar Rasheed Chughtai Department of Virology, Chughtai Instituteof Pathology, Lahore.
  • Bushra Iqbal Department of Virology, Chughtai Instituteof Pathology, Lahore.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47489/szmc.v37i4.433

Keywords:

Trends, Respiratory, Viral Infections, post, COVID-19

Abstract

Introduction: Respiratory infections caused by viruses are becoming a global concern, especially in the aftermath of COVID-19 pandemic. Due to massive impact of COVID-19 in the past 3 years globally, other viruses causing respiratory illnesses have largely been ignored. But as the COVID-19 pandemic declined, changing trends were seen in the pattern of respiratory viral infections in Pakistan.

Aims & Objectives: To study the trends of respiratory viral infections in Pakistan in the winter of 2022/2023 after the decline of Covid-19 pandemic.

Material & Methods: A total of 454 samples were evaluated for viral pathogens (Influenza A, Influenza B and Respiratory syncytial virus) by running them on Multiplex Polymerase chain reaction. We received 373 samples from Lahore,46 from Multan,24 from Islamabad,6 from Rawalpindi,4 from Okara and 1 from Sheikhupura. Data was analyzed by applying descriptive statistics using SPSS version 23, a p-value of ?0.05 was considered significant.

Results: The prevalence of Influenza A virus was 26.4% (120/454 cases), followed by RSV which showed the prevalence of 10% (46/454 cases) whereas Influenza B showed a prevalence of 6%(27/454cases).

Conclusion: Influenza A and RSV incidence has surged in the year 2022/2023 which is the post Covid -19 period. There is an increased incidence of Influenza A in the elderly population whereas RSV in children.

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Published

2023-11-13

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Hajra Farooq, Waheed Uz Zaman Tariq, Omar Rasheed Chughtai, Bushra Iqbal. Trends Of Respiratory Viral Infections in Punjab Pakistan In The Post COVID-19 Period. Proceedings S.Z.M.C [Internet]. 2023 Nov. 13 [cited 2024 Jul. 23];37(4):05-9. Available from: http://www.proceedings-szmc.org.pk/index.php/szmc/article/view/433

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