Human Parechovirus in Respiratory Specimens from Children in Kansas City, Missouri

Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics.
Journal of clinical microbiology (Impact Factor: 4.23). 09/2012; 50(12). DOI: 10.1128/JCM.01680-12
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT We detected a 3% prevalence rate for human parechovirus (HPeV) in 720 respiratory specimens collected from 637 children seen in our hospital in 2009. Fifteen of 20 were HPeV-3 and two were HPeV-1. Only nonspecific, modest respiratory symptoms were evident in patients with detectable HPeV in respiratory specimens. Seven patients had concurrent respiratory and CNS HPeV-3 infection suggesting a possible respiratory route of acquisition.