The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report has showed that the number of confirmed cases of the respiratory illness outbreak that has sent many children to the hospitals has rose to 277 across 40 states and the District of Columbia.
According to the recent CDC data, the respiratory virus has so far affected 277 patients across 40 states and the virus is likely to claim many more cases because of lack of widespread ability to test for the virus.
Enterovirus 68 or EV-D68, which was first identified 50 years ago, dragged enough attention only last month after hundreds of cases among children associated with the virus were reported from different American states.
“The severity is what triggered our concern,” said Mark Pallansch, director of Division of Viral Diseases at CDC.
According to the CDC, the symptoms of the viral illness are similar to that of the common cold. The mild symptoms can further progress into wheezing, breathing problem and paralysis.
Cough, runny nose, fever, congestion, muscle and body aches are the common symptoms for this viral infection. The children with asthma are at higher risk of developing a more severe course of the respiratory problem, leading to the requirement for mechanical ventilation.
Children and teens between the age group six months and 18 years are among the target groups at high risk of the infection. The viral infection is most commonly found among those children who fall in the age group 3 to 5 years.
The good news is that the federal health body has so far not reported any deaths from the respiratory viral infection.
Meanwhile, the health body is also investigating for possible association between the cases of limb paralysis among children, recently reported in Colorado, and the enterovirus D68 outbreak.
CDC has reported eight cases of children from Colorado who developed a respiratory virus and subsequently suffered limb weakness that also led to varying degrees of paralysis in some of the cases.
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