Viral Load and Acute Otitis Media Development After Human Metapneumovirus Upper Respiratory Tract Infection
The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 06/29/2012
Nokso–Koivisto J et al. – Overall, 24% of URI episodes with human metapneumovirus (hMPV) only were complicated by acute otitis media, which was the lowest rate compared with other respiratory viruses. hMPV viral load was significantly higher in children with fever, but there was no difference in viral load in children with hMPV–positive URI with or without acute otitis media complication.
- The role of human metapneumovirus (hMPV) in acute otitis media complicating upper respiratory tract infection (URI) was studied.
- Nasopharyngeal specimens from 700 URI episodes in 200 children were evaluated; 47 (7%) were positive for hMPV, 25 (3.6%) with hMPV as the only virus.