The Hidden Threat: Human Metapneumovirus, the Most Important Virus You've Never Heard Of

Unveiling HMPV: The Spike in Cases of a Little-Known Virus with Big Consequences
Cases of the little-known human metapneumovirus (HMPV) have spiked, filling hospitals with vulnerable patients. HMPV causes symptoms similar to RSV, influenza, and COVID-19, such as lower lung infection, cough, runny nose, sore throat, and fever. Unlike the other viruses, there is no vaccine or antiviral treatment for HMPV, and testing for it is rare outside hospitals. Studies show that HMPV causes as much respiratory distress as the flu and RSV, affecting both children and older adults. It is responsible for a significant proportion of unknown respiratory infections. HMPV is often called "the most important virus you've never heard of."

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