Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Oh Canada...

There is an outbreak of Human Metapneumovirus (HMPV) in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. The outbreaks occurred at two hospitals in the region, where many patients are suffering from a coryza syndrome caused by HMPV. Common symptoms of HMPV are cough, fever, headache, general malaise, and nausea or vomiting.

HMPV is a paramyxovirus of the order mononegavirales. It was first isolated in 2001, and has been determined to be the second most common cause (after respiratory syncytial virus) of lower respiratory infection in young children. Young children, elderly and immunocompromised individuals are at risk from more severe disease caused by HMPV.

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