Outbreak of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection in Postpartum Nursing Home, Changhua County, 2014

Shu-Ling Pan1, Sung-Hsi Wei1,2 , Pei-Fang Lai1, Ching-Fen Ko1,3 , Du-Lin Lin1*

2015 Vol.31 NO.1

Correspondence Author: Du-Lin Lin

  • 1.Central Regional Center, Centers for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan
  • 2.Institute of Public Health, National Yangming University
  • 3.Institute of Public Health, Tzu chi University


       Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is one of the major pathogens that cause neonatal bronchiolitis and pneumonia. We report an outbreak of RSV infection among neonates in a postpartum care center. A total of 33 infants (attack rate 73%)and 3 health care (attack rate 8%)workers were infected with RSV. The index neonate contracted RSV through contact of the ill family. The following RSV transmission was associated with inadequate infection control practice. Our report highlights the importance of infection control in the postpartum care center. Health care workers are recommended stringently to follow the infection control guideline for the postpartum care

Keywords:Postpartum nursing home, cluster infection, respiratory syncytial virus