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Respiratory Virus hMPV Expected in the US

According to the latest reports, the nation has to face a new virus. The virus, officially called Human metapneumovirus (hMPV) is likely to spread in the spring. The virus can be disastrous for people of all ages. More than anything, the medical world has to worry about the fact that there is no vaccine these days.

However, older adults, young children, and people with weak immunity are more vulnerable. It is not a new entrant to the medical world. Discovered way back in 2001 by scientists in the Netherlands, hMPV can cause respiratory infections. Common cold-like symptoms caused by hMPV often last 2 to 5 days and fade away slowly.

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Close contact with an infected person or coming into touch with a contaminated place are the two main ways that hPMV is transmitted. Early in March, the US reported almost 20% of antigen tests and over 11% of PCR testing as positive.

However, there was a slight decrease in test positivity rates toward May. There is no particular medication or vaccination at this time. As a result, maintaining basic hygiene is the key to prevention.

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Frequently washing your hands, covering your mouth and face while sneezing, and maintaining overall hygiene are necessary.

If left untreated, hMPV could lead to major illnesses such as pneumonia. It is important to remain alert and look for any symptoms.

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