Identification of respiratory viruses in asymptomatic subjects: asymptomatic respiratory viral infections

Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2008 Dec;27(12):1103-7. doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e31817e695d.


The medical literature of the past 4 decades was searched regarding respiratory virus detection by polymerase chain reaction and conventional methods (culture, antigen detection, serology) in asymptomatic subjects in an attempt to determine the prevalence and clinical significance of such viruses in normal persons.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Antigens, Viral / analysis
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques
  • Humans
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction / methods*
  • Prevalence
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / diagnosis
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / virology*
  • Risk Factors
  • Serologic Tests
  • Virus Cultivation / methods*


  • Antigens, Viral