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Volume 9, Number 6—June 2003

Children with Respiratory Disease Associated with Metapneumovirus in Hong Kong

J.S. Malik Peiris*, Wing-Hong Tang*, Kwok-Hung Chan*, Pek-Lan Khong*, Yi Guan*, Yu-Lung Lau*, and Susan S. Chiu*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *The University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong SAR, China

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Table 1

Fever and duration of hospitalization of 32 children admitted with HMPV with age-matched controls with RSV and influenza Aa

Characteristics HMPV
Influenza A
p valueb
Mean (SD) Mean (SD) Mean (SD)
Age (months)
31.70 (18.40)
31.75 (18.41)
31.25 (18.57)
Duration of hospitalization (days)
3.17 (1.39)d
2.81 (1.18)
2.44 (0.96)
Highest temperature in hospital (°C)d
39.20 (0.59)
39.04 (0.54)
39.23 (0.60)
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.

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