Human Metapneumovirus - hMPV

The human metapneumovirus (hMPV), just discovered in 2001, is an agent of viral respiratory infections.  It is known to cause acute upper and lower respiratory tract illness in young children, older adults, and immunocompromised persons. The clinical presentation, as in other respiratory illnesses, ranges from a self-limiting respiratory infection to a more severe lower respiratory tract infection such as bronchiolitis, croup, and pneumonia.  Because of overlapping signs and symptoms, a definitive distinction cannot be made clinically between hMPV infection and other common respiratory viruses. Often hMPV is associated with nosocomial spread and outbreaks in long-term care facilities, and serious prolonged infections are associated with mortality in older adults.   Diagnostic testing is useful for patient management, outbreak surveillance, and infection control purposes.

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Content Review: 
March 2019

Last Update: March 2019