Howard LM, Edwards KM, Zhu Y, Griffin MR, Weinberg GA, Szilagyi PG, Staat MA, Payne DC, Williams JV. Clinical Features of Human Metapneumovirus Infection in Ambulatory Children Aged 5-13 Years. Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. 2017 Mar 24. PMID: 28369564 [PubMed]
We detected human metapneumovirus (HMPV) in 54 (5%) of 1055 children aged 5 to 13 years with acute respiratory illness (ARI) identified by outpatient and emergency department surveillance between November and May 2003-2009. Its clinical features were similar to those of HMPV-negative ARI, except a diagnosis of pneumonia was more likely (13% vs 4%, respectively; P = .005) and a diagnosis of pharyngitis (7% vs 24%, respectively; P = .005) was less likely in patients with HMPV- positive ARI than those with HMPV-negative ARI.