Volume 9, Number 6—June 2003
Children with Respiratory Disease Associated with Metapneumovirus in Hong Kong
|Mean (SD)||Mean (SD)||Mean (SD)|
|Duration of hospitalization (days)
|Highest temperature in hospital (°C)d
|Duration of fever||4.53 (2.23)||3.57 (1.83)||4.50 (1.86)||0.12|
aHMPV, human metapneumovirus; RSV, respiratory syncytial virus.
bp value performed using the analysis of variance (ANOVA) test.
cTwo children with HMPV infection were excluded from analysis. A 5-year-old girl newly diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia had coryzal symptoms and was febrile with nasopharyngeal aspirates positive for HMPV on day 2 of admission. Her total hospitalization stay for chemotherapy and Pseudomonas septicemia was 42 days. A 3-month-old girl was admitted for evaluation of failure to thrive and to gain weight; fever, coryza, and diarrhea developed on day 7 of hospitalization. Her total hospitalization of 10 days was also removed from analysis.
dThis excluded children who were not febrile in the hospital: three children with HMPV, seven with RSV, and four with influenza A.