Not long ago, a pandemic could be tested the health system from almost every country in the world. This virus, you know, is the coronavirus. After the Black Death in 1334 and the flu in 1918, Covid is on the list of the deadliest diseases.
This list can grow. Also, a mysterious virus mostly affects children. This is a big concern for doctors. According to the Los Angeles Times, watch out for it “new” viruses. Find out in this article the symptoms and the main points about this organism.
The evolution of viruses
The virus in question is not as new as it sounds. This virus was first discovered in 1952 in California. It bears the name ofenterovirus D68 or EV-D68.
🚨A mysterious virus has paralyzed children and worried doctors🚨
The United States saw an increase in the number of children hospitalized last month due to an enterovirus called EV-D68, discovered in 1952 and paralyzing especially children.
—soundtrue (@soundtrue2) September 16, 2022
The term “new” mentioned by the American press Los Angeles Times, because enterovirus D68 was very rare until a few months ago. As a reminder, the American daily reported this Wednesday the statistics released on September 9 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
For information, check with the CDC the number of children hospitalized due to EV-D68. They realized that last month the number of children affected by the virus increased. According to the US federal agency, EV-D68 cases in July and August are more worrying than in the previous 3 years during the same period.
In the United States, since 1987, only a small number of EV-D68 cases have been found. According to the CDC, cases of enterovirus D68 increased since 2014, 2016 and 2018. The agency also found that hikes are more common in the summer and fall.
That is, between mid-May to mid-November. In 2020, the contamination rate has also increased, but maybe it is limited by restrictions to control.
The symptoms of the virus
As mentioned above, this virus usually affects children. As an explanation, here what the CDC tells us :
“Because they don’t have immunity from previous exposure to these viruses. »
EV-D68 can damage the spinal cord and causes a condition known as acute flaccid myelitis. In children, this condition weakens the muscles and sometimes leads to paralysis.
This partial paralysis can be in the legs or arms. In the worst case, immobility can be total. This usually varies according to the age of the child. It should be noted that the youngest shows more serious symptoms.
The CDC is warning parents about a recent increase in severe respiratory illness in children that may be tied to a strain of enterovirus known as EV-D68 that can cause a rare condition. which is like polio. https://t.co/21qckOQZI7 pic.twitter.com/MQ0cbgGb8Z
— WebMD (@WebMD) September 14, 2022
According to the Los Angeles Times, more than 90% of Cases of acute flaccid myelitis include young children. However, this does not mean that adults are immune to the virus responsible for this condition.
In adults, it may be asymptomatic. Worse, they can pass on to children. Enterovirus D68 can manifest itself in adults by:
- a cold
- body pain
The transmission mode of the EV-D68
An alert has been issued about this virus, as it can easily become viral. Why? The reason is simple, like many viruses, spread very easily. It can be transmitted through the saliva and mucus of an infected person.
The EV-D68 is also widespread “If an infected person coughs, sneezes or touches a face that has been touched by someone else”, according to the CDC. The worst thing is that until, this virus does not have a vaccine.
Remember, it took more than 2 waves before we knew effective vaccines against Covid. So, for the sake of you and your child, the best thing to do is to pay attention now.
What to do to minimize the risk of contamination
What can you do to protect yourself and your children? Here is the an incomplete list things you’ve probably heard a lot during the pandemic:
- Wash your hands regularly
- Avoid touching your face with your hands
- Cover your face with your sleeve, not your hands when coughing or sneezing
- Avoid being close to sick people
- Go to a doctor for minor health problems
A mysterious virus appeared again and seems to be growing. There, you have been warned!