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HUMAN METAPNEUMOVIRUS IN CHILDREN WITH INFLUENZA-LIKE ILLNESS IN YUCATAN, MEXICO

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  • 1 Centro de Investigaciones Regionales Dr. Hideyo Noguchi, Departamento de Biomedicina de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mérida, México; School of Biological Sciences, Microbiology Department, The Reading University, Whiteknights, United Kingdom

The present study suggests that human metapneumovirus (hMPV) is an important cause of community acquired respiratory infections in children. We report the detection of hMPV in a pediatric population with influenza-like illness in the subtropical area of Yucatan in Mexico. Our data also shows that hMPV circulates in the community with other respiratory pathogens.

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