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Evidence of human metapneumovirus in Australian children

Michael D Nissen, Ian M Mackay, Stephen J Withers, David J Siebert and Theo P Sloots
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (4): 188.

To the Editor: We wish to report the identification of a novel virus causing lower respiratory tract disease in Australian children. The presence of this virus was recently described in Dutch children and tentatively called human metapneumovirus (hMPV).1 Clinical symptoms of infection are reported to resemble those of human respiratory syncytial virus (hRSV) infection. We therefore investigated whether the virus was present in Australian children.

  • Michael D Nissen
  • Ian M Mackay
  • Stephen J Withers
  • David J Siebert
  • Theo P Sloots


Correspondence: theniss@mailbox.uq.edu.au

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