The first report of a death from the enterovirus D68, which is attacking the kids in this nation, has been announced by the CDC. Although this is the first death to be announced, the CDC has detected the enterovirus in samples taken from other patients who have died in other states. Details have not been made available to the public as of yet in these other cases, according to CNN News on Oct. 1.
The enterovirus has spread quickly throughout the mainland U.S. and this first announced death, along with paralysis of some of the children are the newest developments in the case. As of today the CDC reports 472 cases in 41 states of the enterovirus D68.
The announcement of this child’s death came with very little detail. What is known is that the youngster is from Rhode Island and he or she died last week after a battle with both the enterovirus and staph bacteria, which is considered a “rare combination” by health officials. As of today, it is unclear on just how much the enterovirus contributed to the child’s death. According to The Inquisitr today, Dr. Michael Fine, director of the Rhode Island DOH, tells reporters that their department is “heartbroken” over this child’s death.
The CDC has announced that it has detected the enterovirus D68 in samples from recently deceased patients in other states. The CDC stresses that the vast majority of the people who have contracted the EV-D68 have experienced symptoms that are nothing more than a “runny nose and a low grade fever.”
Only a small portion of the EV-D68 victims will suffer symptoms that are beyond these mild symptoms. The vast majority will also recover from this virus. This virus is sending more children to the hospital than ever before and the kids at risk seem to be those with asthma and severe respiratory illnesses.
The CDC reports that this virus may also be linked to a small number of a “mysterious neurological illness” seen in Boston, Colorado and Michigan so far. It was doctors in Colorado who first spotted this mysterious illness that caused limb weakness, cranial nerve dysfunction and abnormalities in the kids’ spinal gray matter. They saw this in 10 kids after being hospitalized with the enterovirus.
Boston Children’s Hospital doctors have since identified four patients with the same symptoms. The Michigan Department of Community Health reported today that a child in Washtenaw County, Michigan, also developed partial lower limb paralysis after being hospitalized with the virus.
The Rhode Island Department of Health recommends parents and children follow these procedures to prevent infection:
* Wash hands often with soap and warm water five or six times a day for at least 20 seconds.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
* Make sure your child is taking asthma medications as prescribed.
* Disinfect toys, doorknobs, phones, computers and other surfaces often.
* Avoid close contact and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
* Stay home if you are sick.
* Seek medical attention right away if your child is having trouble breathing.
President Obama has signed an executive order establishing a task force made up of experts from different agencies to create a national strategy to combat these dangerous bacteria strains.