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

Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics.
Journal of clinical microbiology (Impact Factor: 3.99). 09/2012; 50(12). DOI: 10.1128/JCM.01680-12
Source: PubMed


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 central nervous
system (CNS) HPeV-3 infection, suggesting a possible respiratory route of acquisition.

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