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Human metapneumovirus

Test Code: 200500
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Clinical Utility

This assay is only available as part of a panel and cannot be ordered individually.

Human metapneumovirus (hMPV) is a single negative-stranded RNA-enveloped respiratory pathogen that causes a range of illnesses from asymptomatic infection to severe bronchiolitis. It is a common cause of lower respiratory infection in young children. Compared with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), infection with human metapneumovirus tends to occur in slightly older children and produce less severe disease. Co-infection with both viruses can occur, and is generally associated with worse disease. The virus seems to be distributed worldwide and to have a seasonal distribution with its incidence comparable to that for the influenza viruses during winter.

 

Specimens are approved for testing in New York only when indicated in the Specimen Information field above. The CPT codes provided are based on Viracor Eurofins' interpretation of the American Medical Association's Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes and are provided for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Questions regarding coding should be addressed to your local Medicare carrier. Viracor Eurofins assumes no responsibility for billing errors due to reliance on the CPT codes illustrated in this material.

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