Health and Wellness : "Non-Polio" Outbreak Continues To Spread

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    This is not covered much, so thought why not


    It's referred to as "Enterovirus D68"



    Paralyzing "polio-like virus" suspected in up to 25 California children

    February 24, 2014



    Mysterious Polio-Like Illness Found in Five California Children
    PHILADELPHIA – UPDATE: The research study authors related that there are now between 20 and 25 reported, suspected cases of this polio-like syndrome. Researchers have identified a polio-like syndrome in a cluster of children from California over a one-year period, according to a case report released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26 to May 3, 2014.


    Sources:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/polio-like-virus-suspected-in-up-to-25-california-children/
    https://www.aan.com/PressRoom/Home/PressRelease/1246



    Colorado among 10 states asking CDC for help with Enterovirus D68

    Sep 8, 2014

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    DENVER - Samples from Colorado children have tested positive for Enterovirus D68, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Children's Hospital Colorado confirmed. Colorado was one of ten states that asked the CDC for help investigating the outbreak.

    The illness is related to rhinovirus, which is a cause of the common cold. Patients often complain of a rapid onset of cold-like symptoms and then suddenly are unable to breathe.

    The virus can cause mild cold-like symptoms but this summer's cases are unusually severe, said Mark Pallansch, director of the viral diseases division at the CDC. While Enterovirus is common in general, with 10-15 million occurrences each year, the CDC says this strain is much less common and is rarely reported in the United States.


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    http://www.thedenverchannel.com/lif...tates-asking-cdc-for-help-with-enterovirus-68





    Polio-like symptoms found in three Kansas City children

    Sep 29, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Doctors are on alert after children started having polio-like symptoms in Colorado. Now, there are three similar cases at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

    The CDC is investigating whether the outbreak of Enterovirus D-68 is to blame.

    Doctors in Denver diagnosed 13-year-old Simon Humphrey with the respiratory illness, but his symptoms got worse.

    "I couldn't move my legs. The muscles in my arms could barely lift the weight of my hands," Humphrey said.

    Colorado doctors said they have nine cases of children with muscle weakness and paralysis like Humphrey.

    Source:
    http://www.kshb.com/news/health/polio-like-symptoms-found-in-3-kc-children




    Enterovirus D68: Dangerously Spreading Like Ebola Across U.S., Should We Be Worried?

    Oct 08, 2014

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    Enterovirus D68 is spreading quickly and dangerously across the United States. According to various reports, new cases of the Enterovirus D68 include one in Florida, five in New Jersey and three cases in North Carolina.

    In Tampa, Fla., a 10-year-old girl is currently recovering from the Enterovirus. She is the first confirmed case of the disease in the state of Florida, according to the Florida Department of Health. The child is still recovering in Polk County, reports CBS Local.

    Read more...
    http://www.travelerstoday.com/artic...8-dangerously-spreading-ebola-u-s-worried.htm



    4 Things We've Learned About Enterovirus D68, And 1 Mystery

    October 09, 2014

    On Aug. 15, doctors and nurses at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., realized they had a problem.

    Children were coming into the emergency room with an illness that caused wheezing and breathing problems so severe that some children ended up in the ICU on ventilators. And it was spreading fast.

    "By Aug. 20, we were beyond our bed capacity," Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, chief of the infectious diseases section at Children's Mercy, said at the IDWeek meeting in Philadelphia.

    Since then, the virus that caused those illnesses, enterovirus D68, has sickened children across the country and may be responsible for the deaths of five children. Jackson and Dr. Aaron Milstone of Johns Hopkins Children's Centers briefed reporters on the outbreak Thursday morning.

    Bottom line: There are still a lot more questions than answers about the outbreak and how the virus might affect children's health in the future, but we're learning. Here's what infectious disease specialists have found out to date.


    CDC:
    This is the largest outbreak of EV-D68 ever recorded. Cases have been reported in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Though the CDC has confirmed 664 cases as of Wednesday, there are undoubtedly many, many more cases that are causing milder coldlike illnesses. "This is different this year, what we're seeing," Milstone said. "Something is different."

    So far it's impossible to know what's making it different, Milstone says — if the virus has changed so it's more dangerous or if it's spreading so much more widely that we're seeing more cases, both mild and severe.

    Five children who died have tested positive for EV-D68, but it's not known whether the virus caused their deaths, Milstone said.


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    http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/201...e-learned-about-enterovirus-d68-and-1-mystery





    Tori Spelling in quarantine at Cedars-Sinai Hospital - doctors suspect ENTEROVIRUS

    20 October 2014

    Tori Spelling has been rushed to the hospital amid fears she may have contracted the highly contagious Enterovirus, MailOnline can reveal.

    As MailOnline reported earlier, the 41-year-old True Tori star has been neglecting her health, refusing to take time off to have two much-needed surgeries.

    Now, according to a source, she's become so rundown that she had to be rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center suffering from respiratory problems, and a horrible cough. Doctors feared it might even be a case of Enterovirus D68.

    'Tori was not only admitted to the hospital, she was put under quarantine and neither Dean nor the children are allowed anywhere near her for fear she may have contracted the contagious non-polio Enterovirus,' says a source.



    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...octors-suspect-enterovirus.html#ixzz3GtR7mPo1




    Enterovirus D68 Spreading Across U.S. With Five Reported Deaths

    October 21, 2014

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    Enterorvirus D68 (EV-D68) is spreading across the U.S., with five reported deaths so far this year, with the latest death coming in New Jersey. In its most recent report, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is indicating that state public health facilities and the CDC are reporting 922 confirmed cases of EV-D68 across 46 U.S. states from this advancing respiratory infection that affects children, more so than adults. These numbers cover a time frame from the middle of Aug. 2014, through Oct.20, 2014. Nevada, Oklahoma, Montana and Iowa have had no reported cases of the Enterovirus D68.

    The numbers speak for themselves. We are currently experiencing an outbreak of EV-D68 nationwide, and the numbers continue to increase. The CDC’s most recent numbers for the week ending Oct. 11 are indicating that 32 states are reporting a declining level of activity of EV-D68, with eight states that have reported an elevated rate of incidence of the virus. Four states have reported an increased level of activity.


    Read more at http://guardianlv.com/2014/10/enter...ith-five-reported-deaths/#pC1bO15B2IHDqYHy.99


    What are symptoms and signs of an enterovirus infection in children and adults?

    • Common cold: nasal discharge, cough, mild fever, mild malaise
    • Hypoxia (low oxygen in the blood): shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, rapid breathing, skin coloration change (bluish to cherry red), rapid heart rate
    • Aseptic meningitis: most common among infants and children; may also occur with a rash (on face, neck, and extremities), fever, painful headache, stiff neck, body aches, sensitivity to light, nausea and vomiting, irritability
    • Conjunctivitis (hemorrhagic): eye pain, bleeding seen in the whites of the eyes, photophobia (avoidance of light due to discomfort)
    • Myopericarditis: shortness of breath, chest pain, fever, weakness
    • Herpangina: small flat sores on the oral mucosa (tonsils and soft palate) that may produce blisters and ulcerate
    • Pleurodynia: intermittent chest pain usually over the lower part of the rib cage; some individuals may have a plural friction rub that can be heard when the doctor examines the chest with a stethoscope
    • Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD): small nodules and blisters that are tender and appear gray that occur on the hands, feet, and in the oral cavity
    • Encephalitis: Symptoms range from lethargy and drowsiness to personality changes, seizures, and coma.
    • Paralysis (infrequent in both polio and non-polio intro viral infections): flaccid paralysis that is often asymmetric with proximal extremity muscles affected; lower extremities affected more commonly than upper extremities (poliovirus, enterovirus 71, and coxsackievirus A7); other non-polio enteroviruses usually have less severe symptoms (for example, muscle weakness and oculomotor palsy) if paralysis develops

    Source:
    http://www.medicinenet.com/enterovi..._enterovirus_infection_in_children_and_adults
     
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    Department of Health: First case of Enterovirus D68 confirmed in Arizona

    Oct 22, 2014

    PHOENIX - The Arizona Department of Health is confirming its first case of Enterovirus D68 in our state, a virus that had led to the recent deaths of children around the country.

    Laura Oxley, spokesperson for the Arizona Department of Health Services, said a total of 44 cases have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control since August 5. Of those cases, one tested positive for Enterovirus D68 , a virus that causes respiratory problems and appears to be affecting kids with breathing issues.

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