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Volume 10, Number 4—April 2004

Research

Human Metapneumovirus Infection among Children Hospitalized with Acute Respiratory Illness

James A. Mullins*, Dean D. Erdman*, Geoffrey A. Weinberg†, Kathryn Edwards‡, Caroline B. Hall†, Frances J. Walker*, Marika Iwane*, and Larry J. Anderson*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; †University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, Rochester, New York, USA; ‡Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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Table 2

Clinical characteristics of HMPV-positive patients compared with RSV-positive patients and the rest of the study cohort, New Vaccine Surveillance Network acute respiratory illness study, August 2000–September 2001

HMPV-positive, n = 26 RSV-positive, n = 125 Rest of cohort, n = 517
Characteristic
n (%)
n (%)
n (%)
Presenting Symptoms



     Cough
24 (92)a,b
124 (99)
333 (64)
     Fever
19 (73)
85 (68)
383 (74)
     Nasal Congestion
20 (77)
110 (88)
329 (64)
     Shortness of Breath
21 (81)
119 (95)
334 (65)
Hospital Course



     Admitted to ICU
4 (15)
6 ( 5)
28 ( 5)
     Received supplemental O2
14 (54)a,c
76(61)
51 (29)
     Intubated
2 ( 8)
3 (2)
10 (2)
     Chest x-ray findings
(n = 23)
(n = 105)
(n = 304)
     Chest x-ray performed
23 (88)a,c
105 (84)
304 (59)
     Any pneumonia/infiltration
9 (39)
25 (23)
77 (25)
     Hyperinflation 11 (48) 54 (51) 103 (34)

aComparison of HMPV-positive patients to rest of cohort.
bp<0.001.
cp<0.01

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