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The Worldin Medicine
September 21, 2005

New Respiratory Virus

JAMA. 2005;294(11):1331. doi:10.1001/jama.294.11.1331-a

Lower respiratory tract infections are a leading cause of hospitalization in infants and children but in 12% to 39% of cases, the cause is unknown. Now, scientists from Sweden and Singapore have reported identifying a previously unknown virus that causes lower respiratory tract infections in the pediatric population. Their report was published on August 22 in an online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (http://www.pnas.org).

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