A New Virus

The July 2002 issue of Infectious Diseases in Children tells the story of a new respiratory virus, first identified last year. Human metapneumovirus (hMPV) appears to be a significant cause of infections in children. A relative of RSV, this virus appears to be quite common. Evidence of infection has been found in up to 25 percent of babies studied between 6 and 12 months old.

Many moderate to severe cases of bronchiolitis or other viral lower respiratory tract infections that were not caused by RSV may have been caused by hMPV.

A lot remains to be learned about this virus, but it is our identification of the virus that is new – not the virus itself. Recently tested blood samples from half a century ago show that the virus has been common for a long time.

Published on: August 09, 2002
About the Author
Photo of Alan Greene MD
Dr. Greene is a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.
Get Dr. Greene's Wellness RecommendationsSignup now to get Dr. Greene's healing philosophy, insight into medical trends, parenting tips, seasonal highlights, and health news delivered to your inbox every month.
No comments yet. Start the conversation!
Add your comment