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.
Stephenson J. Studies Explore Impact of New Pathogens. JAMA. 2003;290(16):2112-2115. doi:10.1001/jama.290.16.2112