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MMWR: Notes from the Field: Severe Human Metapneumovirus Infections — North Dakota, 2016

Friday, May 12, 2017   (0 Comments)

On May 27, 2016, CDC was informed by North Dakota Department of Health of a recent cluster of severe respiratory illnesses that included two deaths in children at a large hospital (hospital A) in Fargo, North Dakota, caused by human metapneumovirus (HMPV). An investigation was initiated to explore possible risk factors for illness. HMPV is a cause of both upper and lower respiratory tract infections, including bronchiolitis and pneumonia, particularly among young children (1) and older adults (2). In the United States, the typical HMPV season extends from November–February through May–July (3). No vaccine is currently available to prevent HMPV infection.

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