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Newly Identified Virus Linked to Children's Illnesses

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Newly Identified Virus Linked to Children's Illnesses

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Newly Identified Virus Linked to Children's Illnesses

Newly Identified Virus Linked to Children's Illnesses

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A new study finds that 20 percent of respiratory illness in children can be explained by a newly discovered virus, metapneumovirus. Scientists say the virus has existed for many years, but has only recently been discovered. Hear NPR's Joanne Silberner.