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Related to parainfluenza virus: adenovirus, enterovirus, croup, rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, vaccine virus
one of a group of viruses isolated from patients with upper respiratory tract disease of varying severity.
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parainfluenza virusAny of 4 Paramyxoviridiae serotypes of Paramyxovirus, which cause respiratory tract infections (RTIs) in children. Parainfluenzavirus (PV) is the most common identified agent in croup—causing up to 50% of croup and 10 to 15% of bronchiolitis, bronchitis, and pneumonias in toddlers—and a close second to RSV in RTIs requiring hospitalisation in infants.
Asymptomatic to life-threatening croup or bronchiolitis, but most commonly rhinorrhoea, cold-like symptoms.
Preschool children; by school age, most children have been exposed to PV; most adults have antibodies against PV.
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