• 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].


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.