Human metapneumovirus (huMPV)

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Organism

Human metapneumovirus (huMPV)

huMPV is the causative agent of infant bronchiolitis in 5–15% of cases.

Accounts for 1–5% childhood upper respiratory infections and 10–15% of hospitalizations for lower respiratory tract infections.

From the family of Paramyxoviridae, this RNA virus is a new metapneumovirus related to the turkey tracheitis virus and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The first documented case of huMPV occurred in 2001 in the US.

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