Key Points About Parechovirus in Children
- Human parechoviruses (PeVs) are common childhood viruses that spread through respiratory droplets and contact with bodily fluids or fecal matter.
- The virus usually causes very mild symptoms, or none at all. However, sometimes parechoviruses can cause serious illness in babies and young children.
- Symptoms may include upper respiratory tract infection, fever and rash; however, parechoviruses can cause more severe illnesses in infants less than 3 months old.
- While there is no vaccine for parechovirus, good hygiene can help prevent the transmission.
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