Editorial

How surprisingly in United States a mysterious virus is spreading so wild? I was really amazed to see the current stats with kids in pain of this hazardious disease.

Over the last few months, a severe pediatric respiratory disease called Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has made its way into nearly every part of the United States, sickening 500 children in 42 states. The virus, which primarily affects infants, children, and teens, causes wheezing and difficulty breathing. This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it is trying to determine whether EV-D68 is also responsible for polio-like symptoms (limb weakness and paralysis) seen in some patients—polio is also an enterovirus—and whether the virus is what cause the deaths of four infected children.

Diagnosing EV-D68 is proving to be a challenge. Most hospitals don’t have tests that can distinguish between it and hundreds of similar viruses—to make the call, they have to bring in state health departments or the CDC. To further complicate matters, CDC spokeswoman Darlene M. Foote says that EV-D68 causes “no symptoms at all” in some patients.

Muhammad Afzal Uddin (Editor)

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