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Human metapneumovirus infections in children.

Heikkinen T, Osterback R, Peltola V, Jartti T, Vainionpää R - Emerging Infect. Dis. (2008)

Bottom Line: During the epidemic peak, hMPV caused 7.1% of all respiratory infections in the cohort.Acute otitis media developed in 61% of hMPV-infected children <3 years of age.Our findings demonstrate that the effect of hMPV in the community is greatest in children <2 years of age.

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Affiliation: Department of Pediatrics, Turku University Hospital, Turku, Finland. terho.heikkinen@utu.fi

ABSTRACT
Human metapneumovirus (hMPV) is an important cause of lower respiratory tract infections in hospitalized children, but the age-related incidence and effect of hMPV in unselected children in the community have not been evaluated. We studied a cohort of 1,338 children <13 years of age throughout 1 respiratory season in Finland during 2000-2001. We examined children and obtained a nasal swab for viral detection at any sign of respiratory infection. hMPV was detected in 47 (3.5%) of the 1,338 children. The age-related incidence of hMPV infection was highest (7.6%) in children <2 years of age, in whom hMPV accounted for 1.7% of all infections during the season. During the epidemic peak, hMPV caused 7.1% of all respiratory infections in the cohort. Acute otitis media developed in 61% of hMPV-infected children <3 years of age. Our findings demonstrate that the effect of hMPV in the community is greatest in children <2 years of age.

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Weekly proportions of human metapneumovirus infections among all respiratory infections in the study children, Finland, 2000–2001.
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Figure 2: Weekly proportions of human metapneumovirus infections among all respiratory infections in the study children, Finland, 2000–2001.

Mentions: The proportion of hMPV infections among all respiratory infections during each week of the study is shown in Figure 2. The relative effect of hMPV was highest during the week of February 19, during which the virus accounted for 7.1% of all respiratory infections in the study cohort.


Human metapneumovirus infections in children.

Heikkinen T, Osterback R, Peltola V, Jartti T, Vainionpää R - Emerging Infect. Dis. (2008)

Weekly proportions of human metapneumovirus infections among all respiratory infections in the study children, Finland, 2000–2001.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 2: Weekly proportions of human metapneumovirus infections among all respiratory infections in the study children, Finland, 2000–2001.
Mentions: The proportion of hMPV infections among all respiratory infections during each week of the study is shown in Figure 2. The relative effect of hMPV was highest during the week of February 19, during which the virus accounted for 7.1% of all respiratory infections in the study cohort.

Bottom Line: During the epidemic peak, hMPV caused 7.1% of all respiratory infections in the cohort.Acute otitis media developed in 61% of hMPV-infected children <3 years of age.Our findings demonstrate that the effect of hMPV in the community is greatest in children <2 years of age.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Pediatrics, Turku University Hospital, Turku, Finland. terho.heikkinen@utu.fi

ABSTRACT
Human metapneumovirus (hMPV) is an important cause of lower respiratory tract infections in hospitalized children, but the age-related incidence and effect of hMPV in unselected children in the community have not been evaluated. We studied a cohort of 1,338 children <13 years of age throughout 1 respiratory season in Finland during 2000-2001. We examined children and obtained a nasal swab for viral detection at any sign of respiratory infection. hMPV was detected in 47 (3.5%) of the 1,338 children. The age-related incidence of hMPV infection was highest (7.6%) in children <2 years of age, in whom hMPV accounted for 1.7% of all infections during the season. During the epidemic peak, hMPV caused 7.1% of all respiratory infections in the cohort. Acute otitis media developed in 61% of hMPV-infected children <3 years of age. Our findings demonstrate that the effect of hMPV in the community is greatest in children <2 years of age.

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Related in: MedlinePlus