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MedImmune Presents New Data Demonstrating Increased Risk for Medically Attended RSV in Late-Preterm Infants
Date:5/5/2009

l attention in the first year of life.

The study consisted of 117,060 babies born at 33 weeks gestation or later, who were discharged from six hospitals between January 1, 1996, and December 31, 2002. The neonatal characteristics evaluated included GA, infant sex, "small for GA" status, oxygen exposure variables, and hospital discharge during the RSV season.

The authors noted that further research is needed to determine whether strategies to prevent or mitigate RSV infection are needed in late-preterm infants.

Additional information about the 2009 PAS conference can be found at http://www.pas-meeting.org/2009Baltimore/default.asp.

About RSV

Each year, up to 125,000 infants in the United States are hospitalized with severe RSV infections, the leading cause of lower respiratory tract infections in U.S. infants. RSV is the most common respiratory infection in infancy or childhood. Approximately one-half of all infants are infected with RSV during the first year of life, and nearly all children have been infected at least once by the time they reach their second birthday. Children born prematurely as well as those with chronic lung disease (CLD) or congenital heart disease (CHD) are at highest risk for severe disease and hospitalization due to RSV. The virus may also cause severe illness in other high-risk groups.

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that RSV accounts for one of every 13 visits to a pediatrician, one of every 38 emergency room trips, and inpatient hospital stays for one out of every 334 children.

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MedImmune, the worldwide biologics business for AstraZeneca PLC (LSE: AZN.L, NYSE: AZN), has approxi
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