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Authors’ response
  1. Paul Walsh1,2,
  2. Christina Overmyer3,
  3. Christine Hancock3,
  4. Jacquelyn Heffner2,
  5. Nicholas Walker2,
  6. Thienphuc Nguyen2,
  7. Lucas Shanholtzer2,
  8. James Pusavat4,
  9. Eli Mordechai3,
  10. Martin E Adelson3,
  11. Kathryn T Iacono3
  1. 1Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California at Davis, Sacramento, California, USA
  2. 2Department of Emergency Medicine, Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield, California, USA
  3. 3Department of Research and Development, Medical Diagnostic Laboratories, Hamilton, New Jersey, USA
  4. 4Department of Laboratory and Pathology, Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Paul Walsh, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California Davis, 4150V Street #PSSB 2100, Sacramento, CA 95817, USA; pfwalsh{at}

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We thank the writers for their interest.1 ,2 We agree that bronchiolitis is a clinical diagnosis; it is because the viral aetiology cannot be determined clinically that testing is contemplated. We also agree that specific treatment is not yet available; although respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) specific drugs are coming.

Cohorting is controversial. Because multiple strains of RSV circulate during each season and dual infection …

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