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Human Metapneumovirus (hMPV)

Human metapneumovirus (hMPV) is a respiratory virus that causes an upper respiratory infection (a cold). It usually occurs in the winter and early spring, along with the "flu" season.

Learn About Human Metapneumovirus (hMPV)

hMPV causes upper respiratory infections in people of all ages but is most common in children, particularly under the age of 5. It spreads through contact with an infected individual and in most cases, the symptoms go away on their own after a few days.

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Human Metapneumovirus (hMPV) Symptoms, Causes and Risk Factors

People with hMPV usually have no symptoms or mild symptoms similar to a cold, but young children, the elderly and those with a weakened immune system may develop a more severe illness.

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Diagnosing and Treating Human Metapneumovirus (hMPV)

Most people will be diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection or "cold" based on their symptoms along with a particular time of year. In some cases, your doctor may test you for influenza. Treatment is geared toward easing your symptoms, mainly with over-the-counter medication.

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Managing and Preventing Human Metapneumovirus (hMPV)

Infection with hMPV usually lasts about 2-5 days, and goes away on its own.  In people with underlying asthma or other lung disease, symptoms may last a few days longer.

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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Human Metapneumovirus (hMPV)

Many upper respiratory tract infections do not prompt specific questions to physicians, but a number of common questions for respiratory tract infection and prevention can be asked.

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This content was developed in partnership with the CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians.

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