• Halasa N, Williams J, Faouri S, Shehabi A, Vermund SH, Wang L, Fonnesbeck C, Khuri-Bulos N. Natural history and epidemiology of respiratory syncytial virus infection in the Middle East: Hospital surveillance for children under age two in Jordan. Vaccine. 2015 Aug 24. PMID: 26314623 [PubMed].

Abstract 

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the leading cause of bronchiolitis and viral pneumonia in infants and young children worldwide. In the Middle East and Arab countries, the burden of RSV-associated hospitalizations is not well characterized. We sought to determine the burden and clinical/epidemiological characteristics of RSV hospitalization in young children in Amman, Jordan. We investigated risk factors for severity including vitamin D levels.