According to the news that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a notice yesterday about a mystifying polio-like virus that’s spreading severe neurological illness and paralysis in kids and the disease seems to be associated to the nationwide epidemic of EV-D68 that we informed on during the first weeks of the outbreak.
The CDC is examining nine cases of limb weakness or paralysis in Colorado kids to see if enterovirus 68 (EV-D68) might be the virus liable for the neurological indications and after that the department issued a Health Advisory notice on Friday to physicians about the polio-like cases in Colorado, and said EV-D68 was spotted in four out of eight of the ill children who were tested for the virus.
The examination department says the mystifying illness is distinguished by “focal limb weakness and irregularities of the spinal cord gray matter on MRI and the cases, which are just now being made public, happened between August 9 – September 17 among kids aged 1-18 years old (with a median age of 10 years-old).
The nine kids who have been verified to have this neurological disease all had fever and respiratory infection about two weeks before increasing unreliable degrees of limb weakness, but health administrators don’t think it’s polio because eight of the nine children are up to date on their polio vaccinations.
The CDC, in their health consultative, verified that they are looking into the chances that the nationwide outbreak of EV-D68 is causing the polio-like diseases and that are why they are finding doctors from around the country to pay attention for similar cases and to report immediately any similar neurological illnesses to the CDC.