Feds Confirm Tragic Illness Among Children – Here’s the Cause
(LibertySons.org) – The CDC issued a health advisory warning about parechovirus (PeV) in infants on July 12, explaining the infectious disease leads to symptoms that look like sepsis or neurological conditions. The advisory recommends physicians conduct testing if they suspect a PeV infection and keep these patients quarantined to prevent the spread of the illness.
The virus can lead to serious illness in newborns and children under three months old. The CDC warning noted a rise in cases in several states since May, but the agency didn’t specify which areas are seeing the flareups.
Health care providers in multiple states have reported a virus that can cause seizures, meningitis and other severe illnesses in infants under 3 months old, federal officials said Thursday.
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The infection is common in the summer and fall. It can spread through respiratory droplets from sneezes and coughs. It also is present in saliva and feces. Children older than six months usually won’t experience severe symptoms, but younger infants could experience reduced white blood cell counts, meningitis, and seizures.
Children with more advanced effects of the infection may need hospitalization, but there’s only supportive treatment for the viral condition. Doctors will provide care for symptoms. Although rare, the virus can lead to long-term neurological problems.
Mild symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and flu-like respiratory symptoms. More severe illness might include additional symptoms, including fast heart rate or breathing, irritability, high fever, widespread rash, pain, floppiness, drowsiness, or seizures. A child presenting with more severe symptoms should see a healthcare professional for evaluation.
Parents should be aware of PeV and its symptoms. One can never be too careful when it comes to the health of our youngest loved ones.
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