In patients with kidney failure, influenza-like illness (ILI) likely contributes to more than 1,000 deaths per year. The finding, which comes from a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), points to the importance of protection against, surveillance of, and, where possible, treatment of such infections in patients with kidney dysfunction.
Mortality rates among patients with kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease (ESRD), are very high, with seasonal fluctuations. ILI--a syndrome comprising potentially serious respiratory tract infections caused by influenza and other viruses--disproportionately affects vulnerable populations such as patients with ESRD, and it is also seasonal, peaking during the colder months of the year.
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The Journal of the American Society of Nephrology is a peer-reviewed medical journal covering nephrology.
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