Interseasonal RSV infections in Switzerland - rapid establishment of a clinician-led national reporting system (RSV EpiCH)
Journal Paper/Review - Sep 9, 2021
von Hammerstein Alix L, Mann Christian, Meyer Sauteur Patrick, Plebani Margherita, Ritz Nicole, Testi Chiara, von Niederhäusern Valentin, Wagner Noémie, Zimmermann Petra, Zucol Franziska, Agyeman Philipp K A, Opota Onya, Kottanattu Lisa, Aebi Christoph, Barbey Florence, Christoph Berger, Buettcher Michael, Casaulta Carmen, Egli Adrian, Gebauer Mathias, Guerra Beatrice, Kahlert Christian, Kellner Eva, Trück Johannes
In anticipation of an interseasonal respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) epidemic, a clinician-led reporting system was rapidly established to capture RSV infections in Swiss hospitals, starting in January 2021. Here, we present details of the reporting system and first results to June 2021. An unusual epidemiology was observed with an interseasonal surge of RSV infections associated with COVID-19-related non-pharmacological interventions. These data allowed real-time adjustment of RSV prophylaxis guidelines and consequently underscore the need for and continuation of systematic nationwide RSV surveillance.