Human Metapneumovirus (hMPV)
Test Code: 0020
Cpt Code:87798 (x1)
Clinical UtilityThis assay is only available as part of a panel and cannot be ordered individually.
Human Metapneumovirus (hMPV) was first discovered in 2001; poor growth in cell culture is the main factor for the virus' delayed discovery. hMPV is distributed worldwide and is a major cause of respiratory tract illness, particularly in young children and immunocompromised patients. The clinical manifestations of hMPV infections are similar to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and range from mild upper-airway disease to severe pneumonia and respiratory failure.