Contribution of human rhinovirus infections among patients presenting with influenza like illnesses in Kenya
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Recently, there have been several reports of respiratory outbreaks with associated mortality due to human rhinovirus (HRV) infection (1, 2). Studies on viral etiologies of Influenza-like illness have shown that many patients are infected with more than one viral agent with frequencies of coinfection being as high as 20% (3). From these studies, human rhinovirus has been shown as one of the most prominent respiratory viruses that co-infect patients with influenza (3). In Kenya, the ongoing Influenza surveillance has provided a platform that now allows for exploration of other respiratory viruses that cause influenza-like illnesses (ILI)(4). Currently, there is scanty information on the patterns of HRV circulation throughout the country.