A recent surge in cases of a potentially deadly virus that you’ve likely never heard of has been ripping through one state.
NSW residents are coming forward with symptoms of the Human Metapneumovirus (hMPV) at an alarming rate, a new report has found.
“The virus you’ve never heard of but a virus that all of us have almost certainly had,” Dr Nick Coatsworth told 2GB radio station.
“It’s one of the common cold viruses that circulates every single year and NSW seems to be going through a little uptick at the moment.”
More than 1100 people reported a hMPV infection last week, according to NSW health data.
However Dr Coatsworth it shouldn’t be a concern and an uptick in cases is common at this time of year.
“Usually that happens when you have a change of season, we see some of these non-Covid respiratory viruses when we go from winter through to spring,” he said.
More than 1400 cases of flu infection and 436 cases of RSV were reported in NSW last week.