What's Going Around: HPIV influenza viruses

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) In this week's "What's Going Around/" report, Mid-Michigan doctors are seeing kids with respiratory diseases caused by human para-influenza viruses, also known as HPIV's.

Cropped Photo: Courtesy: Pennsylvania Department of Health

Dr. Belinda Miller with Kids First Immediate Care in East Lansing says anyone can get HPIV, but it's most common among infants and young children.

Symptoms include a fever, runny nose, cough, sore throat, sneezing and ear pain.

There is no specific treatment for HPIV, but Dr. Miller recommends taking over-the-counter pain medications, and using a humidifier to soothe a sore throat.

HPIV is spread through coughing, sneezing, and hand-to-hand contact.

Dr. Miller says the best way to avoid getting it is to wash your hands, avoid touching your eyes and mouth, and stay away from sick people.