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Pediatric Parechovirus

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.