Epidemiology and clinical presentation of the four human parainfluenza virus types

  title={Epidemiology and clinical presentation of the four human parainfluenza virus types},
  author={W. Liu and Qian Liu and De-hui Chen and Huan-Xi Liang and Xiao-kai Chen and Wen-bo Huang and Sheng Qin and Zi-feng Yang and Rong Zhou},
  booktitle={BMC infectious diseases},
BACKGROUND Human parainfluenza viruses (HPIVs) are important causes of upper respiratory tract illness (URTI) and lower respiratory tract illness (LRTI). To analyse epidemiologic and clinical characteristics of the four types of human parainfluenza viruses (HPIVs), patients with acute respiratory tract illness (ARTI) were studied in Guangzhou, southern China. METHODS Throat swabs (n=4755) were collected and tested from children and adults with ARTI over a 26-month period, and 4447 of 4755 (93… CONTINUE READING
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