Human Parainfluenza Viruses HPIV

Overview

Human parainfluenza viruses (HPIV) are a group of viruses that cause different types of respiratory infections and are most common in children and babies.

  • infections range from the common cold and ear infections to croup and viral pneumonia
  • the viruses need to run their course; antibiotics won't work
  • they are most commonly transmitted from a sneeze
  • lower respiratory infections seem to affect more boys than girls