- Cases of human metapneumovirus are rising in New South NSW, with over 1000 cases detected two weeks in a row.
- The respiratory virus regularly circulates in late winter and spring, but cases are higher than usual this year.
- Young children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are most susceptible to severe cases.
So what is hMPV, can it be treated, and should we be concerned about rising case numbers?
What is hMPV?
Young children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are most susceptible to severe cases.
“However, since the emergence of COVID-19 pandemic, seasonality and distribution patterns for common respiratory viruses have been altered and there has been increased detection as well.”
How serious is hMPV?
Eden said the virus is likely circulating in other states, particularly along the east coast.
“Also consider getting a full respiratory virus PCR panel via a laboratory to identify what you are infected with.”
How can you treat hMPV?
“If you were sick enough that you had to go to hospital, the treatment would be ventilation or oxygen depending on how sick you are, and fluids,” he said.
NSW Health advises following health and safety guidelines to reduce the chance of transmission, including regularly washing and sanitising hands, wearing a mask in crowded places, and staying home if you have cold or flu symptoms.
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/a-virus-you-probably-havent-heard-of-is-surging-in-australia/opyahfgn3 Human metapneumovirus: A virus you probably haven’t heard of is surging in Australia