Parainfluenza (HPIV)

Human Parainfluenza Viruses (HPIV) are respiratory viruses that infect the lungs, breathing passages, and cause cold-like symptoms.

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Key HPIV Facts

HPIV is spread similarly to a cold, through respiratory secretions or contact with contaminated surfaces or objects.

There is no vaccine for parainfluenza viruses. Protect yourself by covering your cough and sneezes, and washing your hands frequently.

Symptoms may include fever, runny nose, cough, sore throat, sneezing, ear pain, decreased appetite, or wheezing.

Laboratories participating in the WVHIN shall report laboratory evidence of acute infection through electronic laboratory reporting.

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