Human metapneumovirus (hMPV), first identified in the Netherlands in 2001, is an RNA virus that belongs to the Metapneumovirus genus within the Pneumovirinae subfamily of the Paramyxoviridae family. hMPV is a virus that can cause respiratory infection. hMPV infection is a typical respiratory infection in infants. It is similar to respiratory syncytial (RS) virus infection and differentiation from each other is difficult. hMPV infection is an important factor for inducing bronchiolitis.
The majority experience primary hMPV infection during infancy, and reinfection occurs frequently. As hMPV infection may become prevalent in infants and the elderly and increase in severity, early detection is important.
Conventionally, genetic testing is used for the detection of hMPV, but it has some disadvantages, for instance, requiring complicated manipulation, special equipment and instruments, and a certain period of time to obtain the test results. Compared to genetic testing, this product allows rapid detection of hMPV, without requiring special skills or instruments.
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