Human Metapneumovirus in Severe Respiratory Syncytial Virus Bronchiolitis

ArticleinEmerging infectious diseases 9(3):372-5 · April 2003with3 Reads
Impact Factor: 6.75 · DOI: 10.3201/eid0903.020289 · Source: PubMed


    Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction was used to detect segments of the M (matrix), N (nucleoprotein), and F (fusion) genes of human metapneumovirus in bronchoalveolar fluid from 30 infants with severe respiratory syncytial virus bronchiolitis. Seventy percent of them were coinfected with metapneumovirus. Such coinfection might be a factor influencing the severity of bronchiolitis.