Study looks at human metapneumovirus in hospitalized children

02/13/2013 | HealthDay News

Hospital records from three U.S. counties from 2003 to 2009 showed that 6% of 3,490 hospitalized children had human metapneumovirus and 7% of 3,001 pediatric emergency department visits were linked to the virus. Children infected with the virus were more likely to have pneumonia or asthma, require oxygen treatment and have longer stays in intensive care units, researchers said. The findings appear in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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