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Medical News and Perspectives
October 22/29, 2003

Studies Explore Impact of New Pathogens

JAMA. 2003;290(16):2112-2115. doi:10.1001/jama.290.16.2112

Chicago—A virus identified just 2 years ago may be a leading cause of serious respiratory tract infections in young children, according to new findings by several groups of investigators.

In studies presented here at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, researchers found that human metapneumovirus (MPV), a respiratory virus discovered in 2001 by scientists in the Netherlands, may be responsible for the hospitalization of thousands of infants every year and the source of many colds in adults.

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