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US alert on enterovirus D68: what it is, and what are its symptoms

US alert on enterovirus D68: what it is, and what are its symptoms

loss U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) A. has detected the spread of respiratory virus which mainly affects Children, about this EV-D68.

This virus first appeared in California 1962cause respiratory disease with mild symptoms similar to a cold, but which, on rare occasions, causes muscle weakness or paralysis and even a . can also trigger A serious neurological condition similar to polio, called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM).

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of the more 100 types of non-polio enteroviruses, according to the CDC. Since its appearance, cases have been regularly reported in small numbers and, 2014reason a the outbreak The number of cases in the United States where approximately 10% of people diagnosed with AFM.

With the coronavirus pandemic, and like the rest of the respiratory viruses, it has practically disappeared, until In August, North American hospitals reported an increase in hospital admissions for the disease.

The most common symptoms of EV-D68

Like the rest of the respiratory viruses, EV-D68 is characterized by making runny nose, sneezing, body or muscle aches, cough, shortness of breath, wheezing and fever Found in children in half of the cases.

In some cases, these symptoms are a . can cause Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) which is usually required admitted to hospital,

there is no cure Especially for this type of disease. However, doctors can provide treatment Antibodies to enhance the immune response, or administer supportive care As an artificial respirator.

With the rise in cases detected in the United States in August, officials have asked Pediatricians and emergency physicians looking for EV-D68 cases, except to remember preventive measures To avoid infection, such aswashing hands, avoiding sharing food or drinks, disinfecting surfaces and wearing a mask If you are around people who experience these or similar symptoms.

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