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« on: August 29, 2014, 06:10:19 am »

Unusual respiratory virus strikes metro kids

An unusual respiratory virus is striking children in the metro in big numbers. Children’s Mercy Hospital is hospitalizing 20 to 30 kids a day with the virus. The hospital is as full now as it is at the height of flu season.

This is not the same virus we told you about several weeks ago that can cause meningitis. This one can cause severe breathing trouble. Children’s Mercy has seen more than 300 cases in recent days in kids of all ages.

Preston Sheldon’s mom says he seemed fine when she took him to pre-school Tuesday. But minutes later, the Grain Valley mom got the call. Her three-year-old son was having trouble breathing.

“You could see his ribs, and his stomach was pushing out really hard… I thought it was an asthma attack,” said Pam Sheldon.

But it was a virus that is inundating Children’s Mercy with patients.

“To be at winter census is quite unusual in August obviously. To see a virus we’ve not seen before is unusual, too,” said Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, an infectious disease specialist.

It is enterovirus 68. The doctor says it’s well-known around the world, but cases have not been seen in Kansas City before.

“We have about 10 to 15 percent who have severe illness from this virus which actually acts like asthma exacerbations,” said Dr. Jackson.

She says about two-thirds of the hospitalized cases are in children like Preston who have a history of asthma or wheezing. But others are having trouble breathing, too. She says the virus will produce an ordinary cold in many kids. What should parents watch for?

“The difficulty breathing is a very obvious tip-off sign they need to come into the hospital,” said Dr. Jackson.

To try to stop the spread, Children’s Mercy has posted signs at security entrances saying children 12 or younger should not visit in-patients. Nor should those with symptoms visit.

Dr. Jackson says good hand washing, covering your cough and not sending your child to school if he or she appears sick can help control the spread.

There’s no anti-viral medicine for enterovirus 68 and no vaccine. Supportive care, including oxygen, has helped Preston. His mom is glad they didn’t wait to go to the emergency room.

“Cause it can hit really fast. And without medical treatment, it could get really bad,” she said.

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Unusual respiratory virus strikes hundreds of metro kids

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An unusual respiratory virus is striking children in the metro in big numbers. Children’s Mercy Hospital is hospitalizing 20 to 30 kids a day with the virus. The hospital is as full now as it is at the height of flu season.

This is not the same virus we told you about several weeks ago that can cause meningitis. This one can cause severe breathing trouble. Children’s Mercy has seen more than 300 cases in recent days in kids of all ages.

Preston Sheldon’s mom says he seemed fine when she took him to pre-school Tuesday. But minutes later, the Grain Valley mom got the call. Her three-year-old son was having trouble breathing.

“You could see his ribs, and his stomach was pushing out really hard… I thought it was an asthma attack,” said Pam Sheldon.

But it was a virus that is inundating Children’s Mercy with patients.

“To be at winter census is quite unusual in August obviously. To see a virus we’ve not seen before is unusual, too,” said Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, an infectious disease specialist.

It is enterovirus 68. The doctor says it’s well-known around the world, but cases have not been seen in Kansas City before.

“We have about 10 to 15 percent who have severe illness from this virus which actually acts like asthma exacerbations,” said Dr. Jackson.

She says about two-thirds of the hospitalized cases are in children like Preston who have a history of asthma or wheezing. But others are having trouble breathing, too. She says the virus will produce an ordinary cold in many kids. What should parents watch for?

“The difficulty breathing is a very obvious tip-off sign they need to come into the hospital,” said Dr. Jackson.

To try to stop the spread, Children’s Mercy has posted signs at security entrances saying children 12 or younger should not visit in-patients. Nor should those with symptoms visit.

Dr. Jackson says good hand washing, covering your cough and not sending your child to school if he or she appears sick can help control the spread.

There’s no anti-viral medicine for enterovirus 68 and no vaccine. Supportive care, including oxygen, has helped Preston. His mom is glad they didn’t wait to go to the emergency room.

“Cause it can hit really fast. And without medical treatment, it could get really bad,” she said.
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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2014, 09:28:40 pm »

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'Unprecedented' Outbreak Strikes Hundreds of Kids
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Newser) – Hundreds of children have been hospitalized across several states with a respiratory illness that seems like a cold but can grow far worse, CNN reports. Colorado, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, and Oklahoma have already called the CDC for help in tackling an enterovirus that appears to be EV-D68. The current hospitalizations may be "just the tip of the iceberg in terms of severe cases," says a CDC director. "We're in the middle of looking into this. We don't have all the answers yet." The virus itself resembles a bad cold (nasty summer colds are often enteroviruses) but can become life-threatening, especially for children with asthma, CBS News reports.

A hospital in Kansas City has seen about 450 kids come in with the virus: "I would call it unprecedented," says a hospital spokesman. In Colorado, the parents of 13-year-old Will Cornejo were shocked to see him gasping for air just hours after he came down with a common cold, CBS Denver reports. "He was OK. Then he was unconscious. It was unreal," his mom tells the Denver Post. "I thought my heart would come out of my chest. It was so horrible." One of dozens of Colorado kids hospitalized with EV-D68, Will is recovering but still weak in an ICU. Symptoms for the enterovirus include rash, coughing, sneezing, fever, and body and muscle aches; the effects are usually mild but might "contribute to death" in "some cases," notes CNN.
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Just want to say, bet this "mystery illness" is quite known in South American countries... Funny how we have an invasion of people from down south and all of a sudden we have these weird plagues hitting

Unidentified Respiratory Virus Likely to Hit Kids Across Country

video: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/unidentified-respiratory-virus-hit-kids-country/story?id=25334106

 A respiratory illness that has already sickened more than a thousand children in 10 states is likely to become a nationwide problem, doctors say.

The disease hasn't been officially identified but officials suspect a rare respiratory virus called human enterovirus 68. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus is related to the rhinovirus, which causes the common cold.

According to Mark Pallansch, director of the Division of Viral Diseases at the CDC, similar cases to the ones in Colorado have been cropping up across the U.S. At least 10 states -- Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Georgia -- have reported suspected outbreaks of human enterovirus 68 and requested CDC support.

"Viruses don't tend to respect borders," ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser said. "It is only 10 states now, but it's going to be across the country. So if your state doesn't have it now, watch for it, it's coming."

Doctors say they are not even sure yet how this particular virus spreads, though the back-to-school season is a normal time for illnesses to spread among children.

"This is a very common time for outbreaks. Kids come back to school, they like to share things, they bring them home to their little brothers and sisters, and enteroviruses tend to occur in the summer," Besser said. "But this one, this particular Enterovirus 68, is very rare and they have no idea why it showed up this year."

At Children's Hospital Colorado in Denver, officials say that between Aug. 18 and Sept. 4, doctors saw more than 900 pediatric patients with symptoms of the respiratory virus in the emergency room. Of those who came in, 86 were admitted into the hospital and a handful ended up in the intensive care unit.

"It can start just like a cold -- runny nose, sneezing, coughs -- but it's the wheezing you have to watch out for," Besser said.

Dr. Christine Nyquist, a pediatrician at Children's Hospital Colorado, said the virus usually ends up appearing similar to a severe cold but can be particularly dangerous for children with asthma because of how it affects the respiratory system.

"The kids are coming in with respiratory symptoms, their asthma is exacerbated," Nyquist said. "Kids with no wheezing are having wheezing."

 At Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Dr. Raju Meyappan, a pediatric critical care physician, said he's seen at multiple children end up in the pediatric intensive care unit after being infected with the virus and that children under the age of 5 or those with asthma appear to be most at risk.

In one particularly severe case, Meyappan said a 13-year-old asthmatic patient ended up in the emergency room just one day after showing basic cold-like symptoms, including cough and runny nose.

His asthma became so severe on the second day the teenager turned blue and was rushed to the emergency room, where doctors gave him an emergency breathing tube.

The patient was one of multiple asthmatic pediatric patients who ended up sedated in the intensive care unit with a breathing tube, Meyappan said. Patients who needed breathing tubes spent between four to seven days sedated and intubated as they recovered, he said.

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I read about this yesterday - good catch, Mark! Never thought about this!

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Obama’s illegals bring disease to America’s children

America’s children are paying the price of Obama’s largesse. We were warned

    An agent stationed at the McAllen, Texas, Border Patrol station told a radio host Sunday that diseases carried by illegal aliens crossing the Rio Grande are “slipping through the cracks” and will soon begin affecting the entire nation, possibly even “coming to your town.”

Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera said that diseased illegals were being dumped at various areas around the country. Pay close attention to where:

    “It’s not always the ideal medical care,” Cabrera confessed, “and a lot of it is slipping through the cracks. I read now one of the publications this morning that [reported] they had a bunch of people go in there in at a detention facility [that] had to be shut down due to chicken pox. It’s kind of alarming, seeing as we toured that facility less than a month ago and they assured us that they had everything in order, that something like this wouldn’t happen. And sure enough, it fell through the cracks.

    “We’re not set up for this, and we’re inviting more problems,” he said. “The thing is, these [illegal immigrants] aren’t staying down here in the border region. This problem isn’t contained in the border areas. [They] are coming in here, they’re going north, and it’s going to affect the entire country. It’s going to affect the New Yorks, the Washington, D.C.s, the Chicago, the Dallas, even the Kansas, the Iowa, that’s where they’re headed, and that’s where it’s headed.”

    Klein asked Cabrera to clarify that he was talking about was medical issues spreading to places like Chicago, New York City and Kansas.

Remember that Cabrera said Kansas was a dumping site for illegals? Obama policies bear fruit there now:

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An unusual respiratory virus is striking children in the metro in big numbers. Children’s Mercy Hospital is hospitalizing 20 to 30 kids a day with the virus. The hospital is as full now as it is at the height of flu season.


    This is not the same virus we told you about several weeks ago that can cause meningitis. This one can cause severe breathing trouble. Children’s Mercy has seen more than 300 cases in recent days in kids of all ages.

    Preston Sheldon’s mom says he seemed fine when she took him to pre-school Tuesday. But minutes later, the Grain Valley mom got the call. Her three-year-old son was having trouble breathing.

    “You could see his ribs, and his stomach was pushing out really hard… I thought it was an asthma attack,” said Pam Sheldon.

    But it was a virus that is inundating Children’s Mercy with patients.

And when you hear the word “unusual” from doctors, it means it has recently been introduced:

    “To be at winter census is quite unusual in August obviously. To see a virus we’ve not seen before is unusual, too,” said Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, an infectious disease specialist.

    It is enterovirus 68. The doctor says it’s well-known around the world, but cases have not been seen in Kansas City before.

Barack Obama dumped illegals in Lynn MA.

    Lynn is a municipality on the brink. Key department officials say a recent influx of illegal immigrant children and families in the city is stressing almost every service from trash collection to healthcare.

    “We have been aware of the unaccompanied children issue for quite a while, and we were able to absorb a lot of these children early on,” said Lynn Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy. “But now it’s gotten to the point where the school system is overwhelmed, our health department is overwhelmed, the city’s budget is being sustainably altered in order of accommodate all of these admissions in the school department.”

Well, hello Tuberculosis

    LYNN, Mass. (AP) — More than 30 Lynn Community Health Center employees and 800 patients are being tested to determine if they were exposed to tuberculosis after center doctors confirmed a case.

    Center Director Lori Berry says after confirming the single positive test for tuberculosis in a male health care worker around Labor Day, center medical workers contacted and tested employees as well as patients ‘‘having sufficient exposure to warrant testing.’’

Now a respiratory illness is spreading to children like wildfire across the country.

    A respiratory illness that has already sickened more than a thousand children in 10 states is likely to become a nationwide problem, doctors say.

    The disease hasn’t been officially identified but officials suspect a rare respiratory virus called human enterovirus 68. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus is related to the rhinovirus, which causes the common cold.


    According to Mark Pallansch, director of the Division of Viral Diseases at the CDC, similar cases to the ones in Colorado have been cropping up across the U.S. At least 10 states — Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Georgia — have reported suspected outbreaks of human enterovirus 68 and requested CDC support.

It’s struck Ohio hard:

    Medical officials admitted a record number of children to a local hospital over the weekend because of what they believe to be a rare respiratory virus spreading throughout the country.

    Although there’s been no confirmed cases of the enterovirus at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, officials admitted 540 patients Friday, said Dr. Derek Wheeler, associate chief of staff at the hospital.

    The previous record was around 515, Wheeler said.

    Some reports out of Missouri and Colorado suggest the virus, with symptoms similar to the common cold, brought sicker patients to hospitals, Wheeler said.

    “We’re just seeing the (increased) volumes, we haven’t seen (patients) sicker than usual yet,” he said.

    Hospitals from other states have placed restrictions on visitations, but Wheeler said there are no plans to do that in Cincinnati.

Ohio, you say?

Ohio agencies rally help for young immigrants

Ohio charity wants to house immigrant children

Feds: Ohio sponsors already have 360 ‘unaccompanied children’

In Colorado:

    Immigration cases involving unaccompanied minors are clogging one of the Denver area’s two immigration courts, records obtained by CBS4 indicate.

    There are nearly 8,000 immigration cases backlogged in the immigration court in downtown Denver. Nationwide, there are 400,000 cases in a backlog.

    “It’s creating another extreme crisis within the immigration court system throughout the United States to deal with all these additional cases,” David Kolko, the chairman of the Colorado chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said.

And now?

    The CDC has confirmed samples from children in Colorado have tested positive for Enterovirus 68.


    The illness causes symptoms similar to the common cold, only those symptoms progress quickly and become much more severe.

    Colorado is one of 10 states that asked the CDC to look into it. No deaths have been reported yet, but with thousands of cases being diagnosed in just days, doctors are racing to contain it.

    Confirmation tonight from the CDC is putting health officials on higher alert.

    “Most of the isolates that we have sent them are the enterovirus, giving them increased wheezing and asthma problems,” said Dr. Christine Nyquist, Children’s Hospital Colorado.

    Enterovirus typically causes symptoms similar to a cold, but this year’s strain is so severe, some believe it could turn into an epidemic.

    “It’s a phenomenal number of cases that you didn’t even hear about before,” said Dr. John Torres, KRDO medical expert. “If you listen to different hospitals and press conferences. Its hundreds of cases that three days ago you didn’t even hear about.”


900 cases so far.

Enteroviruses are a family of viruses that include polio and Hepatitis A. Five children in California have been identified as having “polio-like syndrome.” Two of them tested positive for Enterovirus 68.

This disease is painful for children and it is becoming a significant health care cost. These kids should not be sick and if not for Obama’s narcissism none would be ill. None would be ill had Obama not created the illegal alien DREAM Act magnet. There have been no reported deaths so far but if one American child dies Obama will have a great of explaining to do.
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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2014, 11:00:58 pm »

http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/12/health/enterovirus-new-york/
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Enterovirus D68 sickens more than a dozen in New York

For more on Enterovirus D68, watch "Sanjay Gupta, M.D." this Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET.

(CNN) -- More than a dozen cases of Enterovirus D68 have been confirmed in New York state, according to officials.

"EV-D68 is causing cases of severe respiratory illness ... sometimes resulting in hospitalization, especially among children with asthma," the NYS Department of Health said in a statement Friday.

Enteroviruses are quite common in September; the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 10 to 15 million people are infected by these viruses each year. But doctors believe this particular type of enterovirus, Enterovirus D68, is causing more serious problems than others have in years past.

As of September 11, more than 80 cases in six other states -- Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky and Missouri -- have been confirmed to be EV-D68, according to the CDC.

New York is the first state in the Northeast with confirmed cases.

On Thursday, media reports of kids flooding ERs in Alabama and Washington state spoke to the spread of the virus. Other states, including Michigan, Georgia, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Utah, are also investigating clusters of respiratory illnesses. Several have sent samples to the CDC for testing.

New York sent additional samples from patients with severe respiratory illness to the CDC for confirmation of Enterovirus D68.

The virus is hard to track, as so many enteroviruses cause similar symptoms, and hospitals generally do not test for specific types.

Enteroviruses usually present like the common cold; symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose and a cough. Most people recover without any treatment. But if your child appears to be having trouble breathing, take him or her to a doctor right away.

"It is important that we follow common sense rules to prevent the spread of this virus, as we do for flu and other contagious illnesses," said New York acting State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. "Because there is no specific treatment or vaccination against this virus, our best defense is to prevent it by practicing proper hygiene."
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Respiratory Virus Enterovirus D68 Spreads to the Northeast
9/15/14

Enterovirus D68, the respiratory illness suspected of hospitalizing hundreds of children in the nation, has now spread to the Northeast and is likely to hit the whole country.

Connecticut and New York are the latest states to report cases of the rapidly spreading virus that has targeted young children, especially those with asthma, in 21 states.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health received reports "from two hospitals in different parts of the state of clusters of severe respiratory illness among young children that could be due to enterovirus D68," the agency said in a statement.

Connecticut is working with the Centers for Disease Control to confirm the cases.

The New York State Department of Health has also confirmed more than a dozen cases of enterovirus D68 in children living in the state's capital and central regions, officials said.

The CDC has not confirmed New York's cases.

As of Saturday, enterovirus D68 had spread to 21 states across the Midwest and East Coast, with confirmed cases spanning from New Mexico to Montana to Delaware.

The virus is likely to spread across the country, ABC News' Dr. Richard Besser said Sunday morning.

"It's very hard for a virus to be limited by borders," Besser said. "I expect that it's going to hit the whole country."

Enterovirus D68 comes from a family of enteroviruses that can cause cold-like symptoms, typically during the month of September.

Besser warned parents to watch out for symptoms of coughs and wheezing among their children, especially if their children are asthmatic.

"The best approach for prevention is what we talk about all the time for respiratory infections, colds, and flus and that's really good hand washing," Besser said.

There have been no reported cases of adults contracting the virus.

Adults may already have built an immunity towards the virus from previous infections, or may just get a milder version of the disease, Besser said.

Children who contract enterovirus D68 first suffer from what appears to be a common cold, with symptoms including a runny nose, coughing, and sneezing, according to Besser.

The symptoms then escalate to difficulty breathing. Besser said parents should look out for their children exhibiting signs of wheezing, difficulty eating or speaking, and blueness around the lips.

Doctors have found a way to treat the symptoms, helping kids breath more easily so they can get through the virus, Besser said.

"It's the same medicine that's used for children who have asthma," he said. "But when I was in the emergency room this week in St. Louis, they were giving it to children who didn't have asthma, and you could just see them turn around. Their airways would open up -- some of them could leave the emergency room. Some had to stay, but the medicine helps a lot."
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Doctor: Gov’t ‘Tight-Lipped’ on Respiratory Virus, May be From Illegals

Dr. Jane Orient, Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, reported that the government has been “real tight-lipped” about the mysterious respiratory illness that has struck children in the United States, expressed concern that the illegal immigrant minors from Central America could be the source, and argued that the government should devote more resources to border security to combat the spread of disease...   

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http://ktla.com/2014/09/18/enterovirus-cases-confirmed-in-southern-california-are-states-first-diagnoses/

Enterovirus Cases Confirmed in Southern California Are State’s First Diagnoses
9/18/14
California’s first cases of a virus that has been spreading across the country were confirmed Thursday by the state’s chief health official.

Four cases of enterovirus D68 have been confirmed, all in Southern California. One was in Ventura County; three others were in San Diego County.
Respiratory illnesses caused by an enterovirus are sending children to hospitals as the disease spreads across the country, health officials say. (Credit: CDC)

The patients ages ranged from 2 to 13 years old.

More instances of the disease were expected as results from lab tests come back, the California Department of Public Health said in announcing the cases.

The virus can cause severe respiratory illness in young children and has sent dozens to the hospital across the country.

The spread of the disease to California was expected, state health officer Dr. Ron Chapman said. As of Wednesday, 18 other states had confirmed 153 cases total cases of the virus, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“There will definitely be more. It’s just a matter of time. This will spread across the entire country,” Dr. Pia Pannaraj, an infectious diseases specialist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, told KTLA.

California joins Montana and Colorado as being the only states in the Western U.S. to have confirmed cases.

This particular strain of non-polio enterovirus was first identified in California in 1962, but has been uncommon in the U.S., according to the CDC.

The virus causes respiratory illness, with possible symptoms including fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough and body and muscle aches. Children who contract the virus may have more serious effects, including breathing difficulty and wheezing, particularly children with a history of asthma.

“These children start with what seems like a normal cold on the first day — runny nose, a little bit of cough – but by the second day, they can’t breathe at all. They come in and they need a tube to help them breathe,” Pannaraj said.

Parents whose children begin to have difficulty breathing should seek medical attention for them immediately, the state health department advised. Signs that should prompt a quick response include wheezing, difficulty speaking or eating, the child’s belly pulling in with breaths, and blueness around the lips.

The virus is believed to spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces. There is no vaccine to prevent spread of the disease, nor is there a specific treatment that can be prescribed.

“It’s probably evolved in a way that’s allowed it to spread more easily from person to person, and that’s why we’ve seen so many more cases this year,” Pannaraj said.

Infants, children and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses because they do not yet have immunity, according to the CDC.

The CDC advised the following steps to help parents try to prevent their children from becoming ill:

    Avoid close contact with sick people;
    wash your hands often;
    cover your coughs and sneezes;
    avoid touching your face with unwashed hands;
    clean and disinfect surfaces
    stay home when you’re sick

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provided the following Q&A with Dr. Pia Pannaraj. She explains how parents can treat their children’s symptoms and how to distinguish between at bad cold and Enterovirus 68.

What is Enterovirus 68?

Pannaraj: It is a virus that causes cold-like symptoms that is currently being seen in the Midwest. It has been around since the 1960’s and first discovered in California with just a few cluster of cases. Now, it is showing itself again and is slowly creeping across the country.

How frightened should parents be about their kids getting Enterovirus 68? Especially if they live outside of the Midwest?

Pannaraj: Currently, it is in the Midwest, but it has just made its way to California. In many kids, it will cause a bad cold, but in children with asthma, it can exacerbate their asthma to the point where they may need medical attention.

Are children with underlying conditions more susceptible to Enterovirus 68?

Pannaraj: So far, 70 percent of patients admitted to hospitals with Enterovirus 68 have underlying respiratory illness, like asthma; 30 percent were previously healthy

How can parents differentiate between a bad cold and this virus?

Pannaraj: It will be difficult to distinguish the two since enterovirus will cause a cold. Children will usually present with a cough as their main symptom. Other symptoms may include runny nose, sneezing, and body and muscle aches. However, a fever is not very common with Enterovirus 68. The children who become very ill with Enterovirus 68 develop wheezing and difficulty breathing.

What are some prevention tips?

Pannaraj: Good hand washing, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, cough and sneeze into your arm, and avoid other children who appear sick. It can spread easily and anywhere, especially at schools, where infection risks are at higher because you have more kids in close quarters. It is airborne and contagious.

How should parents treat their kids’ symptoms?

Pannaraj: Rest and hydration. Treat it the same way you would a bad cold. Keep the kids out of school.

Is there a vaccine for Enterovirus 68?

Pannaraj: A vaccine is not available at this time.

When should they seek medical attention for their kids?

Pannaraj: If a child is wheezing, having trouble breathing, coughing so much that they cannot talk, or having difficulty drinking, they should seek medical attention. Children with asthma should be prepared with medical inhalers as needed.
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Harrison hospital restricting young visitors because of respiratory virus
9/18/14

HARRISON, Ark.-- -

No doubt, many of you have come down with a cough and runny nose, some much worse, as the Enterovirus, EV-D68 specifically, spreads across the county. One Ozarks hospital is working to stop the virus from spreading to those most vulnerable.

There have been no clusters of the EV-D68 virus confirmed in the Harrison area, but North Arkansas Regional Medical Center is taking precautions just in case. 18 states have lab confirmed cases of the virus, including Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.

The virus has been hitting kids the hardest, and doctors in Harrison say they started treating children with respiratory symptoms a couple weeks ago.  Testing for virus is not readily available, but with EV-D68 likely already in the area, the hospital is asking hospital visitors sixteen and under to stay away.

Dr. Adam McCall says, "A hospital is a place for sick people, and sick people typically have immune systems that are not working well, and so what we want to do is make sure that kids that could potentially carry this virus are not bringing the virus inside the hospital."

The hospital has taken similar precautions in recent flu seasons.  It's not clear how long the visitor restrictions will remain in place, but hospital officials will likely just keep an eye on the virus' progression in the area.

   
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9/9/14
Hospital sets patient record as virus spreads

Medical officials admitted a record number of children to a local hospital over the weekend because of what they believe to be a rare respiratory virus spreading throughout the country.

Although there's been no confirmed cases of the enterovirus at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, officials admitted 540 patients Friday, said Dr. Derek Wheeler, associate chief of staff at the hospital.

The previous record was around 515, Wheeler said.


Some reports out of Missouri and Colorado suggest the virus, with symptoms similar to the common cold, brought sicker patients to hospitals, Wheeler said.

"We're just seeing the (increased) volumes, we haven't seen (patients) sicker than usual yet," he said.

Hospitals from other states have placed restrictions on visitations, but Wheeler said there are no plans to do that in Cincinnati.

The virus is similar to what doctors treat during cold and flu season. That means nothing really changes if a child comes down with the rare virus, he said.

"The bottom line is this is a virus you wouldn't treat with antibiotics, so other than the (high-level of) interest, there's no reason we would need to know it's an enterovirus," Wheeler said.

This particular type of enterovirus — EV-D68 — is uncommon, but not new. It was first identified in the 1960s.

"I suspect that it's something that hasn't been around for a while and so there's a lot of people susceptible to it," Wheeler said.

The number of patients began to spike around Labor Day, which means the virus should run its course in Greater Cincinnati sometime over the next week, Wheeler said.

Wheeler said parents can prevent their children from getting the virus by making them wash their hands frequently and drink plenty of fluids.

If they do suspect their child contracted the virus, he suggested parents call their pediatrician first because urgent care facilities will be busy.
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Mystery virus EV-D68 exploding among vaccinated children; U.S. medical system clueless without a vaccine
9/9/14

(NaturalNews) The rapid explosion of mystery virus EV-D68 is sending hundreds of children to hospitals across Missouri, Colorado, Kansas, Utah and eight other states. "In Kansas City, about 475 children were recently treated at Children's Mercy Hospital, and at least 60 of them received intensive hospitalization," reports CNN. (1)

CNN goes on to report:

"It's worse in terms of scope of critically ill children who require intensive care. I would call it unprecedented. I've practiced for 30 years in pediatrics, and I've never seen anything quite like this," said Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, the hospital's division director for infectious diseases.

What CNN and other media outlets are not reporting, however, is that this outbreak is occurring among vaccinated children.

Did other vaccines make children more susceptible to EV-D68 infections?
Children who have been vaccinated with MMR vaccines, influenza vaccines, polio vaccines and many others are the same children who are now being struck by EV-D68. How do we know this? Because we know how the rabid pro-vaccine media consistently reports on viral outbreaks:

Vaccine media propaganda rule #1) If an outbreak ever occurs among unvaccinated children, then the published stories will strongly condemn parents for failing to vaccinated their children while promoting vaccines as the one and only solution.

Vaccine media propaganda rule #2) If there's an inconvenient fact about vaccines that the media doesn't want the public to know, it will withhold that fact from all its stories. This was made abundantly clear in the recent media-wide blackout of the CDC whistleblower story, where top CDC scientist Dr. William Thompson openly admitted to committing scientific fraud at the CDC in order to hide the link between MMR vaccines and autism. Click here to read the once-secret letter Dr. Thompson sent to CDC director Julie Gerberding, admitting to a cover-up.

The fact that the mainstream media is right now not blaming the EV-D68 outbreak on unvaccinated children, in other words, is near-conclusive proof that this outbreak is occurring among vaccinated children.

Media doctors hopelessly clueless about what to suggest to parents
Because there is no vaccine for EV-D68, the media can't push vaccines as the solution for these infections. And so the media seems totally lost and clueless about what to report. There's no mention of protecting children's immune systems with vitamin D, and no mainstream media outlet even dares mention the words "immune support" for fear that people might realize a strong immune system is far better than a vaccine at preventing infectious disease.

The best advice CNN can come up with reads as follows:

To reduce the risk of infection, individuals should wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers; avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick; disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as toys and doorknobs; and stay home when feeling sick...

Again, note the complete lack of any discussion about zinc, vitamin D, immune-boosting herbs, avoidance of toxic immunosuppressive chemicals and food additives, and so on. This is the default position of the mainstream media: "Wash your hands." It is literally watered-down advice by a propaganda institution that functions as the vaccine industry's ministry of truth.

Even when children's lives are at stake, the media is so opposed to nutritional defenses that it consistently refuses to mention a low-cost, high-safety, readily-available nutrient like vitamin D that could save countless lives during a pandemic outbreak... even if used in conjunction with vaccines! (See my Blueprint for Safer Vaccines document here.)

Doctors and health authorities freak out over enterovirus outbreak because they have nothing to offer except a vaccine which doesn't exist
The over-reliance on vaccines in public health will ultimately kill millions of children in a real outbreak for the simple reason that vaccines are blindly relied upon at the exclusion of all else. So when a pandemic comes along that has no vaccine, doctors and health authorities are literally clueless about what to recommend other than "wash your hands."

"Stupid" doesn't even begin to describe our modern health care system. It's downright negligent.

Any honest health care system that really cared about public health would have a multi-layered pandemic defense strategy which included immune boosting activities, nutritional defenses, behavioral modification, personal hygiene reinforcement and finally medical intervention as one layer among many.

The problem with vaccines -- even if they work (which they mostly don't) -- is that they can't keep up with mutating viruses in the wild. This current outbreak of EV-D68 has caught the medical establishment completely off guard. They have no vaccines to recommend, and so doctors and health authorities sit around taking their own rectal pulses (i.e. they have their thumbs up their hind ends) while children fill the emergency rooms at hospitals. A simple vitamin D education campaign could slash these infections by huge margins. Vitamin D "activates" the immune system at so many levels that if vitamin D were a pharmaceutical, it would be called a "miracle drug" and whoever created it would be awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine.

But it's not a drug; it's a simple, low-cost vitamin. So doctors aren't taught anything about it and parents are never told to use it. Especially not when there are vaccines to push and pregnant women to inject with mercury.

Some astounding quotes about the severity of this outbreak
"An unprecedented lung virus that has infected over 1000 children across 10 states from the Midwest to the east coast is likely to spread to the rest of the country, doctors have warned." (2)

The unusually high number of hospitalizations reported could be "just the tip of the iceberg in terms of severe cases," said Mark Pallansch, a virologist and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Viral Diseases. - CNN (1)

"A respiratory illness that has already sickened more than a thousand children in 10 states is likely to become a nationwide problem, doctors say." - ABC News (4)

"Just weeks after the Obama administration let more than 37,000 illegal-alien children into the U.S. without health screening, more than 1,000 kids across 10 states have been stricken with a respiratory virus – prompting widespread concerns about a major outbreak sweeping across the nation." - WND.com (3)

"It's worse in terms of scope of critically ill children who require intensive care. I would call it unprecedented. I've practiced for 30 years in pediatrics, and I've never seen anything quite like this," said Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, the hospital's division director for infectious diseases. - CNN (1)

Radio host and epidemiologist Michael Savage blasts Obama, blames outbreak on illegal immigrants
One more noteworthy twist on this entire story has been fielded by radio host Michael Savage, a very high-IQ individual trained as an epidemiologist.

Yesterday he said on his radio show: (3)

For 20 years, I've been trying to warn America about the unscreened immigrants being brought in. Now, of course, it's coming home to roost and the American people are being lied to by the Centers for Disease Transmission. They used to be the CDC; they're now the CDT.

Instead of stopping disease spread, they're encouraging it by not speaking out against bringing in infected children and putting them in our public schools, right? It's astounding to me what they can get away with because of the ignorance of the public. Common sense is gone. ...What do you expect to happen if you put a kid with a certain virus into a school where they've never been exposed to that virus? It's called an epidemic breakout.

...This population in America, which once enjoyed the greatest health on earth, is now being devolved into a second-world nation in terms of health because Obama is so corrupt, was so ignorant, was so evil that he's taken what was once the greatest nation on earth and devolving us into a second nation status.

Michael Savage previously warned that Obama's open borders policy is extremely dangerous from a public health point of view, allowing immigrants with infectious diseases to walk right into the USA and spread those diseases to others.

ABC News Medical Editor accidentally admits pandemics can cross borders
Interestingly, ABC News' Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser accidentally supported Savage's argument when he said, "Viruses don't tend to respect borders. It is only 10 states now, but it's going to be across the country. So if your state doesn't have it now, watch for it, it's coming." (4)

Although his statement was made in the context of the virus spreading from state to state, a virus doesn't know the difference between a state border and a national border. The claim that "viruses don't tend to respect borders" is universally true, regardless of the category of the border.

Savage's argument is further supported by this graphic from WND, showing states which have received illegal immigrants correlated with states which have urgently contacted the CDC to ask for help concerning this sudden outbreak:



The shocking reality of how government health care policies encourage pandemics
What do YOU think is the cause of this outbreak? Sound off in the comments below. And for once, the mainstream media can't blame "unvaccinated" children because there is no vaccine for this virus. That's why the medical advice currently circulating around the media for dealing with this outbreak is so remarkably worthless.

Consider the pathetic reality of our present-day government and its failed medical system:

Shocking reality #1) Our current federal government refuses to secure the U.S. border and openly invites immigrants to walk right in, regardless of what they might be carrying from a public health point of view.

Shocking reality #2) Our medical system is a "one-trick pony" when it comes to pandemic prevention. That one trick is "vaccines." And if there isn't a vaccine, the entire medical system is absolutely clueless about what do to.

Shocking reality #3) Medical authorities outright refuse to recommend any nutritional therapies that boost immune defenses against pandemic diseases. Vitamin D is completely blackballed from any official advice, even when there are no other options available. And don't even dare mention Chinese Medicine herbs or various herbal remedies.

Shocking reality #4) Many advocates of vaccines are also strong advocates of population reduction. They actually applaud shrinking the number of living humans on the planet. So pandemics literally help them accomplish their goals. "That's the answer!" remarked Dr. Charles Arntzen in a comment caught on video. "Go out and use genetic engineering to create a better virus. (laughter) Twenty-five percent of the population is supposed to go in Contagion." (5)

Even more, Bill Gates famously stated during a public presentation that vaccines could help lower the human population by 10 to 15 percent. His exact words:

"The world today has 6.8 billion people... that's headed up to about 9 billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent."

Don't believe that he said this? The video has been pulled from Youtube numerous times, but we've preserved it at TV.naturalnews.com. Click this link to watch it for yourself. The video leaves no question whatsoever about Gates' advocacy of vaccines to reduce human population.

Maybe now with Ebola, EV-D68, chikungunya virus and other exploding pandemics that have suddenly taken hold across our world, people like Bill Gates will finally get their wish. A massive population wipeout may be just around the corner, and if you tune in to CNN, they will probably feature fifty high-level scientists telling you all the different ways you can wash your hands while waiting for the CDC to rescue you with an experimental vaccine that carries a 40% fatality rate like the ZMapp Ebola drug.

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http://nypost.com/2014/09/23/mystery-virus-has-reached-more-than-half-of-us-states/
9/23/14
Mystery virus has reached more than half of US states

The mysterious respiratory illness enterovirus has spread to more than half the United States — with symptoms ranging from mild colds to serious breathing problems, health officials said.

Since mid-August, 175 people across 27 states have been diagnosed with the sickness caused by the enterovirus D68, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The enterovirus, a more virulent strain of the virus that causes the common cold, can lead to fever, sneezing and coughing in mild cases.

Hospitalization for breathing difficulties and wheezing is required in more severe cases.

The most recent diagnosis of the virus was Tuesday in Massachusetts, where an eight-year-old girl with a history of asthma was infected, according to CBS Boston.

The girl was treated at Boston Children’s Hospital and released.

“We treated her in our unit as she was relatively ill at the time, but has done terrifically well and is home,” said Dr. Michael Agus. “I just spoke with her mother and she’s doing terrifically well at home.”

Last week, two youngsters — one from the city and another from Long Island — were diagnosed with the mysterious disease.

A 6-year-old girl in Connecticut was also infected and one case in New Jersey was confirmed.

The state department in North Carolina also confirmed the virus, with six children ages 10 and under having tested positive. It added that the illness has spread to at least 28 states.

Confirmed cases of the virus are expected to pop up in more states in the coming weeks as testing to confirm the illness is completed, the CDC said.

The agency said the infection of the virus is more common in the US during the summer and fall.

There are no specific treatments for the enterovirus but public health officials said washing your hands regularly can prevent spreading it.

Infants, children and teens are at the highest risk of infection.
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« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2014, 09:25:05 am »

http://www.naturalnews.com/047020_illegal_immigrants_public_schools_medical_records.html
Federal government forces schools to accept illegal immigrants with no medical records or screening
Friday, September 26, 2014 by: J. D. Heyes

NaturalNews) For more than a year now, "unaccompanied" minor children from the Central American nations of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have been streaming across our southern border and into our immigration courts in pursuit of permanent residency status as (sort of) promised by our own government.

Making matters worse, the Obama Administration has changed immigration rules and has sent almost none of these children back home to be with their own families (who, of course, sent them to the U.S. in the first place).

Rather, the administration has "chosen to set aside normal immigration practices and to allow this wave of young illegal immigrants to apply for green cards via asylum applications and to disperse across the country," The Daily Caller reported recently.

Now, with a new school year beginning all across the country, these illegal immigrant children -- many of whom have been diagnosed with illnesses and diseases not seen on a widespread scale in the U.S. in decades -- are being enrolled in local schools with American kids who have not been exposed to such diseases. That has caused health officials to warn that a subsequent health crisis is thus likely to crop up first in the nation's public schools.

Get ready, taxpayers, for another public school hit

And as bad as that is, says The DC, it gets worse:

According to the National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative think tank, the Obama administration has not subjected a large number of these children to proper medical screening processes.

Instead, the federal government has sent the unaccompanied minors to various U.S. locations to live with relatives or, in some cases, to live as foster wards. The children then enroll in local, taxpayer-funded public schools with no questions asked -- by law.

Dr. Elaina George, a board-certified otolaryngologist who is a member of the national advisory council of the Project 21 black leadership network, is warning that the administration's unconscionable immigration policies risk the outbreak of some very serious diseases on an American population that is unaccustomed to dealing with them.

"There's no mechanism in place to ensure children are checked medically," Dr. George told The DC. "It's put everybody at risk. Anybody who comes into contact with a disease -- tuberculosis, for example -- is at risk."

"This is not something that's theoretical. This is not something that kind of happened. It's happened," she also said. "All you need is one person with tuberculosis to cough on somebody else. Share a cup. Other kids are at risk. Teachers are at risk. Parents are at risk. Grandparents are at risk."

For instance, The DC reported, the Virginia Department of Education sent out a memo in July telling local school districts they must accept any illegal immigrant children -- even if they do not have a home and have no documentation regarding their health or immunization status.

Follow up could be 'far too late'

In part, the memo states that local schools "cannot exclude from school attendance those homeless children who do not provide the requisite health or immunization information required of other students."

And, of course, these children will be attending local public schools -- and getting their immunizations, eventually -- compliments of the taxpayers:

School districts are supposed to refer students who don't present immunization documentation to a local social worker who will assist with obtaining physical examinations and required vaccinations.

However, George said that there was no guarantee that all social workers would be following through with the assistance. And she says that, by the time the sick kids come in contact with healthy children, it might be far too late anyway.

As for enrolling the immigrant children, school districts around the country have no choice. In 1982, the U.S. Supreme Court, (Plyler v. Doe) ruled that a state law barring children of illegal immigrants from attending public school was unconstitutional. The high court said that denying any children basic education amounts to "the creation and perpetuation of a subclass of illiterates within our boundaries."
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http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_MED_CHILDREN_VIRUS_PARALYSIS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-09-26-17-48-59
9/26/14
Probed in paralysis cases in 9 Colorado kids

EW YORK (AP) -- Health officials are investigating nine cases of muscle weakness or paralysis in Colorado children and whether the culprit might be a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday sent doctors an alert about the polio-like cases and said the germ - enterovirus 68 - was detected in four out of eight of the sick children who had a certain medical test. The status of the ninth case is unclear.

The virus can cause paralysis but other germs can, too. Health officials don't know whether the virus caused any of the children's arm and leg weaknesses or whether it's just a germ they coincidentally picked up.

"That's why we want more information," and for doctors to report similar cases, said the CDC's Dr. Jane Seward.

The cases occurred within the last two months. All nine children are being treated at Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, and most are from the Denver area. A hospital spokeswoman said the patients' families didn't want to talk to the media.

The nine children had fever and respiratory illness about two weeks before developing varying degrees of limb weakness. None seems to have a weak immune system or other conditions that might predispose them to severe illness, but the cases are still being investigated, Seward said. Investigators don't think it's polio - eight of the nine children are up to date on polio vaccinations. It's not known whether the limb weakness or paralysis is temporary or will be long-lasting.

The cases come amid an unusual wave of severe respiratory illness from enterovirus 68. The germ is not new - it was first identified in 1962 and has caused clusters of illness before, including in Georgia and Pennsylvania in 2009 and Arizona in 2010. Because it's not routinely tested for, it's possible the bug spread in previous years but was never distinguished from colds caused by other germs.

This year, the virus has gotten more attention because it has been linked to hundreds of severe illnesses. Beginning last month, a flood of sick children began to hit hospitals in Kansas City, Missouri, and Chicago - kids with trouble breathing, some needing oxygen or more extreme care such as a breathing machine. Many - but not all - had asthma before the infection.

The CDC has been testing a limited number of specimens from very sick children around the country, and as of Thursday reported 277 people in 40 states and the District of Columbia with enterovirus 68. So far no deaths have been attributed to the virus, but Seward said 15 still are being investigated.

Health officials know enterovirus can cause paralysis. Published reports count at least two U.S. children who were paralyzed and died and were found to have the virus in their spinal fluid. One was a New Hampshire 5-year-old who died in 2008. Details are scant on the second case, which happened many years earlier.

Earlier this year, Stanford University researchers said they had identified polio-like illnesses in about 20 California children over about 18 months. Two tested positive for enterovirus 68. CDC officials say it's still not clear if the virus was a factor in those cases.

Paralysis is a rare complication of enterovirus 68 infection, but with so many more cases of enterovirus being reported this year, it may not be surprising to see that problem, said Dr. Larry Wolk, chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The CDC is asking doctors to report patients 21 or younger who developed limb weakness since August 1 and who have had an MRI exam that showed abnormalities in the nerve tissue in the spinal cord.

Seward said a test that showed the germ in a patient's spinal fluid would be good evidence that the virus was causing paralysis. Unfortunately, lab tests of spinal fluid often fail to identify bugs like enterovirus 68, even if they're present, she added.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/26/health/outbreak-of-a-respiratory-illness-escalates-among-children.html?_r=0
Outbreak of a Respiratory Illness Escalates Among Children and Mystifies Scientists
9/25/14

An outbreak of respiratory illness first observed in the Midwest has spread to 38 states, sending children to hospitals and baffling scientists trying to understand its virulent resurgence.

As of Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed 226 cases of infection with enterovirus 68. But it is likely that many times that number have been stricken. One case involved an adult, and no deaths have been linked to the infection.

“What the C.D.C. is reporting is clearly the tip of the iceberg,” said Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, the division director of infectious diseases at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. The hospital was the first to alert the agency last month to an unusual increase in children with trouble breathing. Since then, Dr. Jackson has received calls from colleagues nationwide seeking guidance. Some report that the influx of children to hospitals is “almost outweighing the resources available,” she said.

Three times in the past month, the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital has had to divert ambulances to other hospitals because its emergency room was filled with children, most of them younger than 5, with severe respiratory illness. Before the outbreak, the hospital had not had to divert ambulances in 10 years, said Dr. Daniel Johnson, the interim section chief of pediatric infectious diseases at the hospital.

Enteroviruses are common, but this strain is not. Symptoms in the current outbreak resemble those of a bad cold, including body aches and cough. But some children progress to wheezing and having breathing difficulties. Scientists say they do not know why it is happening.

“Parents would love to know why this virus is causing severe disease and why there are more cases,” said Rafal Tokarz, an associate research scientist at Columbia University who has studied the virus, “but we won’t be able to answer that until a lot more research is done.”

From Aug. 18 to Sept. 24, roughly 3,600 children were treated at emergency and urgent-care facilities at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Most were sent home, but roughly 10 percent were hospitalized because they needed continuous breathing treatment, supplemental oxygen, or even to be placed on a ventilator in the intensive-care unit.

The hospital has had a “bed crunch” and is struggling to maintain supplies of albuterol, a rescue medication used by asthma sufferers, said Dr. Christine Nyquist, the director for infection prevention and control.

Experts said children should rest at home if they had run-of-the-mill cold symptoms like a runny nose, cough and body aches, but were hydrated, eating and breathing comfortably.

“If your child has mild respiratory cold symptoms, they do not need to be rushed to the E.R.,” said Dr. Marian G. Michaels, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The hospital’s emergency department has seen 50 to 70 more children a day for respiratory illness than is customary this time of year.

But there are signs that a child requires immediate medical care: rapid or labored breathing that involves neck muscles, wheezing, complaining of chest pain or not being able to catch one’s breath, and blue lips. A baby who has to stop drinking from a bottle to breathe should be seen by a doctor. A fever need not be present.

Belabored breathing should be obvious. “Parents aren’t going to miss this,” Dr. Jackson said.

She said many school-aged patients told their parents, “I need to go to the E.R. because I can’t breathe.”

Children with asthma or underlying lung disease are more often sent to intensive-care units, but severe symptoms are “not limited to them,” said Dr. Meg Fisher, medical director at Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J.

Dr. Fisher added: “You can’t totally say: ‘My child doesn’t have asthma. I don’t need to worry.’ ” Monitor children who have colds closely, she said, but “let’s not panic.”

She and others urged parents to take standard precautions to avoid spreading enterovirus: Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Disinfect toys. Avoid sharing cups or utensils with sick children.
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10/1/14
Child With Enterovirus 68 Dies in Rhode Island

 A child infected with enterovirus 68 has died, the Rhode Island Department of Health said today, marking the first publicly announced enterovirus 68 death since the outbreak began this summer.

After the Rhode Island announcement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that three patients who died later tested positive for the virus that's infecting children across the country. It is not clear what role the virus played in these deaths, but the CDC said state and local health officials are investigating.

The 10-year-old girl from Cumberland, Rhode Island, died last week of a rare combination of bacterial and viral infections, the department said, explaining that she died of Staphylococcus aureus sepsis "associated with" enterovirus 68.

"We are all heartbroken to hear about the death of one of Rhode Island's children," state Health Department Director Dr. Michael Fine said in a statement. "Many of us will have EV-D68 [enterovirus 68]. Most of us will have very mild symptoms and all but very few will recover quickly and completely."

Enterovirus 68, which is suspected of sickening children in 46 states, starts out like the common cold but can quickly turn serious and send children to the hospital with breathing problems. And on Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it was investigating whether the virus led to temporary limb paralysis in nine children in Colorado. It is related to the polio virus.

The girl's illness began with cold-like symptoms and shortness of breath, Fine said during a press conference today. Her parents called 911 last week, but after she arrived at the hospital her condition "deteriorated very quickly."

"Things became dire," Fine said.

She died of Staphylococcus aureus sepsis, which he said was "associated with" her enterovirus 68 infection. Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria that lives in about 30 percent of people's noses and usually doesn't cause any problems, according to the CDC. It can be serious or fatal when it results in sepsis, which is body-wide inflammation that results from an infection, according to the CDC. Sepsis can cause blood flow problems, which leads to organ failure.
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Children’s Dallas says 11-year-old Allen boy diagnosed with enterovirus suffering from paralysis
10/2/14

An 11-year-old boy who’s being treated for a common respiratory illness at Children’s Medical Center Dallas is paralyzed in his right arm.

That’s according to hospital officials on Thursday, who said the boy is undergoing physical therapy as part of his treatment. Says Children’s spokesman Randy Sachs, the boy — who is from Allen — will be transferred in a couple of days to a rehabilitation facility.

This is the first case we’ve seen with the paralysis symptoms,” says Sachs. “Most of the kids we suspect are positive for enterovirus-D68 have more of a respiratory problem as their key complaint.”

Enterovirus-D68 dates back to the 1960s, but in recent weeks it has become a national story as headlines fill with tales of children paralyzed by the virus.

Just last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Thursday 10 positive cases of the enterovirus-D68 in the Dallas area. Paralysis isn’t a common occurrence among those stricken with the virus, which usually causes mild to severe respiratory illness, such as fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough and body and muscle aches.

Dr Ben Greenberg, a neurologist at Children’s, has been treating the boy since early August. Initially, says Greenberg, the boy came in with a respiratory infection. That was in late July, when the boy had a fever and a cold — nothing to worry about, at least not initially. He returned in early August with weakness in his right arm. Says Greenberg, the boy has enterovirus; it’s still not confirmed the boy has enterovirus-D68. The CDC is running tests to confirm. But “statistically, I bet it is,” says Greenberg.

The reason: Monday night he was part of a call with 20 other North American medical centers, and all have some cases in-house, says Greenberg. Colorado has the most, he says, “but this is by no means isolated.”

Says Greenberg, on the one hand people should take comfort in the fact that cases like the one at Children’s are incredibly rare. Millions of kids get colds every year, and “only a very, very small fraction of a percent of the kids who get the infection also get the neurological” issues seen in Dallas.

“I am a father of two, and if my daughter came home with a cold, I wouldn’t panic because overwhelmingly this is a very rare thing to occur,” he says. “I would have them wash their hands.”

But, he says, with the good news comes the bad.

“The reason this is getting so much attention is twofold,” he says. “We have no specific treatment. All we can do is treat and support the kids, but the deficits are long-lasting. They are having limited recovery, and we are worried for the children — there might be lifelong impacts. The closest thing it’s aligned to is polio, which paralyzed thousands of kids at a time. We’re trying to coordinate what’s happening to make sure we’re not headed back to the days of polio. If we are we need to get ahead of it. We need to develop a vaccine now before it does a lot of damage.”
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11 children have mystery illness in Colorado
10/4/14

(CNN) -- Another child in Colorado has been hospitalized with partial paralysis, Children's Hospital Colorado announced Friday.

Doctors don't know what is causing the mysterious neurological illness. They have identified 10 other children at the hospital with similar symptoms: limb weakness, cranial nerve dysfunction and abnormalities in the spinal gray matter. Four children in Boston also match the criteria for this illness, doctors say.

The mother of one of the Colorado children described the family's "scary experience" at a telebriefing on Friday.

It started with a cough. Then the girl became lethargic and her fever rose.

Her mom took her to the doctor, but the girl's blood work looked fine. Doctors sent her home to rest.

The next day, the girl complained of weakness in her arm.

"I thought that she was being dramatic and faking it,"
her mom said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

But over Labor Day weekend, the muscle weakness got worse. "She kept dropping her corn on the cob." Almost two weeks after the illness started, the girl was admitted to the hospital.

Some of the children in Colorado and Boston have tested positive for enterovirus D68, a virus that has been sending children around the country to the hospital with severe respiratory illness. But others had no signs of the virus in their system.

"It's probably going to be weeks to months in terms of trying to understand what's happening," said Dr. Samuel Dominguez with Children's Hospital.

As of Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed 500 cases of respiratory illnesses caused by enterovirus D68 in 42 states.

Enterovirus D68 has also been found in samples from four people who died recently, according to the CDC, but it's unclear what role the virus played in their deaths. It's possible that enterovirus had nothing to do with them. The virus is very common, especially in the late summer and early fall, with the CDC estimating 10 million to 15 million infections each year in the United States.

"I tend to be a fairly calm, laid-back mom," the girl's mother said when asked about her recommendation for other parents. "Yes, things are mysterious, and it's hard in life when we can't get an exact answer, but I really feel that it's not something that other people should panic about."

Her daughter has returned to school and continues to do physical therapy to regain strength in her am. Several children are still in the hospital, Dominguez said.

"The other kids who have been admitted have continued to be stable ... they're not getting worse but they're not showing dramatic improvement."
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« Reply #20 on: October 09, 2014, 12:38:24 pm »

Just want to say, bet this "mystery illness" is quite known in South American countries... Funny how we have an invasion of people from down south and all of a sudden we have these weird plagues hitting



ATTKISSON: Outbreak of virus first idenfitied in cities with 'significant number' of relocated immigrants...

Polio-like illness claims fifth life in U.S.

At least five children infected with the respiratory illness known enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) have died in the U.S. in the past month.

The lastest confirmed victim was a four-year-old New Jersey boy, Eli Waller. He died at home on September 25. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed the cause of death Friday night. But health officials say they have no idea how he contracted the virus. A health official says Eli was “asymptomatic and fine” when he went to bed but died overnight. He had no known preexisting immune weakness.

CDC Overview of EV-D68

A 10-year girl Rhode Island girl infected with EV-D68, Emily Otrando, died less than 24 hours after being rushed to the hospital with breathing problems. Three other patients with EV-D68 also died in September.

The CDC reports that in the past month and a half, at least 538 people in 43 states and the District of Columbia have become ill with EV-D68. Most of them are children and some developed limb paralysis. Polio, which can cause paralysis and death, is a type of enterovirus. EV-D68 is one of more than a hundred “non-polio” enteroviruses.

The actual number of EV-D68 infections is likely significantly higher than reported since some state health officials are not testing every suspected case.

Link to Illegal Immigrant Children?

Enteroviruses commonly circulate in the U.S. during summer and fall. EV-D68 was first identified in California in 1962. Over the past thirty years, only small numbers were reported in the U.S.

The CDC hasn’t suggested reasons for the current uptick or its origin. Without that answer, some question whether the disease is being spread by the presence of tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children from Central America admitted to the U.S. in the past year.

The origin could be entirely unrelated.

However, a study published in Virology Journal, found EV-D68 among some of the 3,375 young, ill people tested in eight Latin American countries, including the Central American nations of El Salvador and Nicaragua, in 2013.  (See Fig. 3)

Though the U.S. government is keeping secret the locations of the illegal immigrant children, there are significant numbers of them in both cities in which the current outbreak was first identified, Kansas City, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois, according to local advocates and press reports.

CDC list of states with confirmed EV-D68 cases

The EV-D68 outbreak was first recognized after Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri notified CDC on August 19 of an increase in severe respiratory illnesses. Four days later, on August 23, the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital notified CDC of a similar increase.

What is an enterovirus?

An enterovirus is a positive-sense (“plus-strand”) RNA (ribonucleic acid) virus. Other diseases caused by RNA viruses include Ebola, SARS, polio and measles.

According to CDC, there are no available vaccines, antiviral medications or specific treatments for EV-D68. Most cases are mild.

Hand, foot and mouth disease: another enterovirus

In March of 2012, CDC reported emergence of a new strain of another non-polio enterovirus in the U.S. responsible for what’s known as hand, foot and mouth disease. The patients’ age range and the severity of the illness were considered unusual in the U.S. and resulted in a more severe and extensive rash. It had been previously seen in Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and Finland. Hand, foot and mouth disease is typically not considered a serious illness and usually resolves itself.

Recently, schools reported an uptick in the enterovirus hand, foot and mouth disease in Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Virginia, Wisconsin with cases also reported in Oregon.

Additional reports in southwest Virginia

Accidental Release of Live Polio Virus into Water in Belgium

In other enterovirus news: The European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) recently reported the “accidental release” by pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline of more than 11 gallons of concentrated live polio virus solution into the environment in Belgium.

Authorities say the release, due to “human error,” happened in Rixensart city and the liquid “was conducted directly to a water-treatment plant (Rosieres) and released after treatment in river Lasne affluent of river Dyle which is affluent of the Escaut/Scheldt river.”

Belgium’s High Council of Public Health stated the risk of infection for those exposed to the contaminated water is “extremely low due to the high level of dilution and the high vaccination coverage (95%) in Belgium.”

A statement from ECDC said, “ECDC’s assessment is that the accidental release in the environment of large amounts of live polio virus represents a risk to public health if susceptible populations, such as areas with low polio vaccine coverage, are exposed to contaminated waters or mud. Particularly since the Lasne and Dyle rivers are joining the Escaut/Scheldt river which flows in the southwestern part of the Netherlands where various orthodox protestant communities present a lower polio vaccination coverage, before reaching the North Sea.”

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Proof: Virus leaving U.S. children paralyzed did come from Central America



Though the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) refuses to discuss the origin of the current outbreak of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), the fact that emergency rooms across the country began seeing infected children around the same time as the nation's public schools were re-opening for the 2013-2014 school year, should serve as at least a clue as to how the virus made its way here.

Of course, the Obama administration has allowed tens of thousands of children to enter this country illegally over the past several months, and most of them have now been admitted to our public schools.

Between Oct. 1, 2013 and Aug. 31, 2014 there were 66,127 so-called "unaccompanied minors" entered this country along our Southern border and processed by officials, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The CBP lists the country of origin for most of those children...

-El Salvador...15,800

-Guatemala...16,528

-Honduras...17,975

-Mexico...14,702

While the evidence seems to point to the recent surge of illegal aliens as the cause of the EV-D68 outbreak, now there is proof...

A 2013 Defense Department study conducted in Central and South America on patients with flu-like illness, did identify EV-D68 in some of the test subjects. All 3,375 test subjects were age 25 or under.

The CDC now reports that cases of EV-D68 have been seen in 43 states as well as the District of Columbia. However, unofficially, the virus which has left many children with permanent breathing problems and limb paralysis, has also taken the life of four U.S. children, since mid-August.

On Sept. 25, 4-year-old Eli Waller died in his sleep at his home in Hamilton, NJ.

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California officials report 32 enterovirus cases
10/10/14

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health officials said Friday that they have confirmed 32 cases of a virus that can cause serious respiratory illness — more than double the figure from a week earlier.

However, the state Department of Public Health said there doesn't appear to be any outbreak of enterovirus D68, which has sickened hundreds and possibly caused several deaths around the country.

Respiratory illness figures in the state are normal for this time of year, the agency said in a statement.

Eight cases of enterovirus D68 were reported in San Diego County, five in Alameda County and four in Los Angeles County, the agency said.

There were three cases reported in Orange County and San Francisco County, two in Riverside County, one each in Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Ventura counties, and one each in the cities of Long Beach and Berkeley, the public health department said.

All of the confirmed cases involve children, the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1smSxKq) reported.

The three patients in Orange County are unrelated and "are not linked with any community outbreak of the illness," according to a statement from the Orange County Health Care Agency.

Reports of enterovirus cases around the country have led to heightened awareness and surveillance for the virus, Dr. Eric Handler, the county's public health officer, said in the statement.

Enterovirus D68 can cause flu-like symptoms and respiratory problems, sometimes serious. The virus can be spread through coughing, sneezing and contact with contaminated surfaces.

There is no vaccine or specific treatment.
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Toddler first in Michigan to die from enterovirus strain
10/11/10

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 21-month-old girl is the first in the state of Michigan and second in the U.S. to die this year from a strain of the enterovirus that has infected more than 500 people across the nation, health officials said on Saturday.

Madeline Reid, who was stricken with Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), passed away late on Friday while being treated at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, hospital officials said in a statement.

"It is never easy to lose a child, and our entire healthcare team at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan is deeply saddened by this family’s loss and mourns with them during this very difficult time," Rudolph Valentini, chief medical officer at the children's hospital, said.

Reid is the first in the state reported to have died from the virus, Michigan Department of Community Health spokeswoman Jennifer Smith said.

More than 500 people, mostly children, in 43 states and the District of Columbia have been infected with EV-D68 since mid-August, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This week, the CDC said that a 4-year-old Eli Waller of New Jersey, who went to bed last month in seemingly good health and died in his sleep, was the first fatality linked directly to the strain of the virus.

Aside from Reid and Waller, at least four others infected with Enterovirus D68 have died this year, although the CDC said it is unclear what role the virus played in their deaths.

EV-D68 is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses, which are common at this time of year and cause 10 million to 15 million infections in the United States annually. Few people who contract Enterovirus D68 develop symptoms beyond a runny nose and low fever.
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‘Mommy my hands are going numb’: Mother reveals hell of seeing her daughter, 5, succumb to enterovirus which has left her unable to speak or move as the illness sweeps the U.S

    Kinley Galbreath, from Hamilton, is in intensive care at Children's of Alabama
    The little girl remains on a ventilator paralyzed from her arms to her legs
    Mom Kim Nichols has remained by Kinley's side for the past three weeks
    She said her daughter is only able to communicate by wiggling her toes
    Kinley's doctor says she is hopeful the child will recover but it will be slow
    Four people with virus have died in US and 628 people have been affected
    Virus has cold-like symptoms and can cause difficulty breathing in infants


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http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/the-mysterious-polio-like-disease-affecting-american-kids/ar-BBaWhqr
The Mysterious Polio-Like Disease Affecting American Kids

10/26/14

COLUMBUS, Ohio—More than 100 cases of a polio-like syndrome causing full or partial paralysis of the arms or legs have been seen in children across the United States in recent months, according to doctors attending the annual meeting of the Child Neurology Society.

Symptoms have ranged from mild weakness in a single arm to complete paralysis of arms, legs, and even the muscles controlling the lungs, leading in some cases to a need for surgery to insert a breathing tube, doctors said.

The outbreak, which appears to be larger and more widespread than what has largely been previously reported by medical and news organizations, has neurologists and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scrambling to find out what is causing these cases and how best to treat it.

“We don’t know how to treat it, and we don’t know how to prevent it,” said Keith Van Haren, a child neurologist at Stanford University School of Medicine. “It actually looks just like polio, but that term really freaks out the public-health people.”

Instead, neurologists are now calling it acute flaccid myelitis: acute because it occurs suddenly, and flaccid because the affected limb or limbs become markedly weak. Myelitis is an inflammation of the gray matter—the nerve cells—in the spinal cord, showing up as a bright spot on an MRI.

Officially, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday that it has confirmed 51 cases of the polio-like syndrome in 19 states, all of them occurring since August 1. But on Wednesday evening, when the moderator of the special session asked the 250 or so child neurologists in attendance how many had seen a recent case, about one-third raised their hands. Dozens kept their hands up when asked if they had seen two, three, five or more.

“That’s pretty remarkable,” said James J. Sejvar, the neuroepidemiologist at the CDC who is tracking the outbreak, in a telephone interview from Atlanta. “I would concur with the folks in attendance that the true number of cases is larger than the 51 we have identified so far. There are probably in reality over a hundred cases nationwide. How much more is difficult to say.”

Some of the children have had mild to moderate recovery of strength, doctors at the meeting said. But asked whether they had seen a complete recovery in any of their patients, only two of the doctors at the meeting raised their hands.

The moderator, Max Wiznitzer, a child neurologist at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, said that he and other neurologists are working closely with the CDC to put together treatment guidelines.

But, he said, “The bottom line is that right now we don’t have an effective treatment.”

Some doctors at the meeting said they fear the number of cases could be much higher than 100.

“I was on a conference call a few weeks ago with about 50 doctors from medical centers across North America,” Van Haren said. “Every center had seen cases. That puts the numbers real high, real fast.”

Neurologists suspect the current outbreak to be a rare but grim effect of the far larger epidemic of enterovirus 68 infections that occurred across North America this summer. That link, however, has yet to be proved. Even so, as cases of severe respiratory illnesses associated with the virus have waned with the advent of colder weather, so too have the cases of acute flaccid myelitis.

Since August, 13 cases have been seen in Colorado, according to Teri L. Schreiner, a pediatric neurologist at Children’s Hospital in Denver. Clusters of cases have also been reported by neurologists in Missouri, Alabama, New York, Michigan, and Massachusetts.

When asked by Wiznitzer how many doctors had seen as many as 10 cases in recent months, Brenda Banwell, chief of neurology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), raised her hand. At the CDC, Sejvar said, “It definitely appears that CHOP is seeing a large number of children with this presentation.”

Mark Gorman, a child neurologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, said he has seen six cases there since August 1.

“I’ve heard from colleagues in the region who have seen other patients,” he said by telephone.

While most of the doctors attending the conference said they had rarely, if ever, seen anything like the recent cases of paralysis, Gorman said he had seen a similar condition affect five children, back in 2008.

Whether more cases will be seen across the country next year, was the subject of debate.

“I hope to God it doesn’t come back,” Van Haren said. “It’s hard to imagine it will leave completely. But people thought West Nile virus would wreak havoc in North America, and it really didn’t. Viruses change over time. Sometimes they change for the better, and sometimes for the worse. It’s possible that’s what happened with enterovirus 68.”

Speaking from his office in Maryland at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Avindra Nath, chief of the neurological infections section, said that medical groups needs to prepare for the worst while hoping for the best.

“With viral infections, things can become virulent very quickly and spread very quickly,” Nath said. “Some kind of preparation is worthy of consideration.”

Both the CDC and the Child Neurology Society are hard at work tracking the outbreak and developing treatment guidelines, Wiznitzer said. But he and others stressed that the public should understand that the condition so far remains exceedingly rare, particularly compared to the polio epidemics of the 1950s and before.

“This is nothing like that,” he said. “There were tens of thousands of cases of paralysis with the polio virus epidemic.”

Even so, the neurologists gathered here described children whose sudden paralysis bears an eerie resemblance to polio, with some able to breathe only with the help of a ventilator.

“These can be heartbreaking cases,” Van Haren said.

The CDC is asking doctors who suspect that they have seen a case to report it to their state health department using a form available online.
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https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/103-children-have-come-down-with-acute-flaccid-108176492852.html
Mysterious Illness Has Stricken 103 Kids Since August. What Is Acute Flaccid Myelitis?
1/15/15

A mysterious illness, characterized by a sudden polio-like paralysis of an arm or a leg, has shown up in about three new kids a week since August, according the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The disease, called Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM), is still a mystery to the medical community. Some believe it might be linked to last year’s nationwide outbreak of enterovirus 68, but doctors can’t say for sure. Last week, a report from the CDC said there was no enterovirus found in the spinal fluid of 71 AFM patients.

According to the CDC, about two-thirds of the 103 children in 34 states who’ve been diagnosed with AFM have reported improvements, but only one has completely recovered. The median age of kids with the condition is 7 years old, and most are presented with a fever or respiratory symptoms before the onset of the paralysis.

While the unusual amount of cases of AFM is cause for concern, “the message to parents is not to panic,” Dominika Wittek, MD, a pediatrician with Tribeca Pediatrics, tells Yahoo Parenting. “The numbers are still very low, and we don’t know yet exactly what we are dealing with.

Still, Wittek says that parents should make sure their kids are up-to-date on their polio vaccines — and all vaccines — and if a child shows any unusual symptoms, seek medical attention. “There’s going to be more research and we will hopefully be able to answer many more questions,” Wittek says. “For now, pay attention to symptoms surrounding a cold. A runny nose or a cough shouldn’t be alarming, but if there are signs of joint distress or prolonged illness, reach out to your pediatrician and discuss your concerns.”
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Tuberculosis spreads to 27 people at Kansas high school
3/18/15

A tuberculosis outbreak at a Kansas high school has spread to nearly 30 people, state health officials said Wednesday.

Twenty-seven students and staff members at Olathe Northwest High School are being treated for the potentially deadly disease, which broke out after a student was diagnosed earlier this month.

More than 300 people at the school tested for tuberculosis were exposed after being in close contact with the teen, officials said.

The number of people infected was still relatively small and “does not exceed what we would anticipate in this setting,” said Lougene Marsh, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment.

“Of course, we had hoped we wouldn’t find any additional TB cases, but we knew this was a possibility,” Marsh said. “That’s why we took such thorough steps to test everyone who might have been in close contact with the first confirmed case of TB disease.”

Those infected were alerted Monday. They will now have to take more blood tests, chest x-rays and begin treatment with antibiotics to kill the bacteria for up to nine months, the health department said.

Tuberculosis, which is curable, is spread through the air by coughing, laughing, singing and sneezing.

Symptoms can include a cough longer than three weeks, fever, night sweats, cough and WEIGHT LOSS.

“Early identification and treatment of TB infection is the key to preventing progression to TB disease,” Marsh said.
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Children's Mysterious Paralysis Tied to New Virus
7/7/15

A new study suggests that a new strain of a poliolike virus may be responsible for some of the mysterious cases of paralysis in children over the past few years. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mysterious cases of paralysis in U.S. children over the last year have researchers searching for the cause of the illness. Now, a new study suggests that a new strain of a poliolike virus may be responsible for some of the cases.

So far, more than 100 children in 34 states have suddenly developed muscle weakness or paralysis in their arms or legs, a condition known as acute flaccid myelitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Previously, researchers linked a virus called enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), which can cause respiratory illness similar to the common cold, with some of these cases.

But only about 20 percent of children with paralysis tested positive for EV-D68, and even in these cases, it wasn’t clear if EV-D68 was the cause of the child’s condition.

Related: Top 10 Mysterious Diseases

In the new study, researchers say that one case of paralysis, in a 6-year-old girl, is linked with another strain of enterovirus, called enterovirus C105. This virus belongs to the same species (enterovirus C) as the polio virus.

Although the new study doesn’t definitely prove that enterovirus C105 was the cause of the girl’s paralysis, it suggests that there are other viruses besides EV-D68 that are contributing to the outbreak of acute flaccid myelitis.

The study should make researchers aware that “there’s another virus out there that has this association” with paralysis, said study co-author Dr. Ronald Turner, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. “We probably shouldn’t be quite so fast to jump to enterovirus D68 as the [only] cause of these cases,” Turner told Live Science.

The 6-year-old girl was previously healthy, but she caught a cold from members in her family, and developed a mild fever. Her fever and cold symptoms soon went away, but she was left with persistent arm pain. Then her parents noticed that the girl’s shoulder appeared to droop, and she had difficulty using her right hand, the researchers said.

At the hospital, the girl was diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, and a sample from her respiratory tract tested positive for enterovirus C105. This virus was only recently discovered, and the new study is the first report of enterovirus C105 in the United States, the researchers said. The girl tested negative for EV-D68.

Some tests can miss enterovirus C105, because of variation in the virus’s genetic sequence, Turner said. This virus may have gone unrecognized in the current outbreak until now because it is relatively new, and can be hard to detect, he said.

“The presence of this virus strain in North America may contribute to the incidence of flaccid paralysis and may also pose a diagnostic challenge in clinical laboratories,
” the researchers said in their study, which will be published in the October issue of the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The researchers noted that enterovirus D68, and now enterovirus C105, have been found in the respiratory tract of children with acute flaccid myelitis, but so far, these viruses have not been found in the spinal fluid of these patients. That’s important because a virus in the respiratory tract would not necessarily cause paralysis.

“You can have a virus in your respiratory tract that’s not doing anything to your nervous system,” Turner said.

In order to more definitively link these cases of paralysis with enterovirus, researchers would need to find the virus in the spinal fluid, he said. But so far, tests have not found the virus there.
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Six Diseases Return To US as Migration Advocates Celebrate ‘World Refugee Day’

Six diseases that were recently near eradication are making a comeback in the United States, as the taxpayer funded refugee resettlement industry launches a propaganda blitz about the so-called World Refugee Day this Monday.
The returning diseases are;

1. Tuberculosis
2. Measles
3. Whooping Cough
4. Mumps
5. Scarlet Fever
6. Bubonic Plague

The near eradication of these diseases in the United States during the twentieth century was a remarkable accomplishment of American civilization. Until recently, most Americans believed these diseases were gone from our shores for good.

But a politicized public health system, and a rise in the subsidized migration into the United States, however, have combined to reverse a century of progress.

The number of foreign-born residents of the country has increased by 31 million in three decades, from 11 million in 1986 to 42 million in 2015. Immigration to the United States during this period has come from Middle Eastern, African, Asian, South American and Central American countries where all these diseases are prevalent. The extra 31 million have arrived in a number of ways: approximately 3 million are refugees, 11 million are illegal immigrants, and the remainder are legal immigrants, asylees, and parolees.

 Tuberculosis

The number of communicable TB cases, dubbed active TB, increased by 1.7 percent to 9,563 in 2015, after 23 years of steady decline in the United States.

Medical experts agree that this increase is attributable to the dramatic increase in the number of foreign born residents of the country over the past three decades.

In 1986, 22 percent of the 22,000 active TB cases in the U.S. were foreign born. By 2015, 66 percent of the 9,563 active TB cases were foreign born—a tripling.

The number of active cases of TB among native-born Americans declined from 17,000 in 1986, down to just over 3,200 in 2015. At the same time, the number of foreign born cases increased from 5,000 to a little over 6,300.

Refugees are arriving in the United States with active TB. As Breitbart News recently reported, the number of refugees who have arrived with active TB over the past five years is huge: 21 in Louisiana, ten in Colorado, eleven in Florida, four in Indiana, eleven in Florida, and nine in one county in Kentucky.

Refugees are also arriving with high rates of non-communicable ‘latent TB’ infection (LTBI): 35 percent in Vermont, 27 percent in Tennessee, 26 percent in Indiana, 22 percent in Minnesota, 15 percent in Texas, and 12 percent in California. A large number of people with latent TB gradually acquire active or communicable TB.

A recent UC San Diego study concluded that high rates of LTBI among recently resettled refugees poses a health risk to the local community and general public.

 Measles

“In 2014, the United States experienced a record number of measles cases, with 667 cases from 27 states reported to CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD); this is the greatest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the U.S. in 2000,” the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports. (emphasis added)

It’s not been much better since then. “From January 2 to May 21, 2016, 19 people from 9 states (Arizona, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Texas) were reported to have measles. In 2015, 189 people from 24 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles,” the CDC adds.

“The majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated,” the CDC notes, adding that “[m]easles is still common in many parts of the world including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa.”

In 2015, a woman in Washington State died of measles, the first death from measles in the United States since 2003.

Refugees are not required to have vaccines, including the critical MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella: “Refugees, unlike most immigrant populations, are not required to have any vaccinations [including the critical MMR vaccine] before arrival in the United States,” the CDC reports.

At least one outbreak of measles in the United States in 2016 raises the question of whether an unvaccinated refugee was the original person who transmitted the disease. “The first reported case of a person with measles in the recent Memphis outbreak, which now numbers seven confirmed cases, was at a local mosque on April 15, according to the Shelby County Health Department,” Breitbart News reported recently.:

“Dr. Alisa Haushalter, Director of the Shelby County Health Department … acknowledged, however, that the measles outbreak could have originated with an unvaccinated for measles adult or child brought to Tennessee under the federal refugee resettlement program, something she called “a possibility amongst many”
There had been no reported cases of measles in Shelby County for the previous 24 months, according to a spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Health. “There have been nine previous cases of measles in the entire state of Tennessee in the past 12 years,” WREG reported. . .
The prevalence of communicable disease among refugee populations is well documented. In January 2016, for instance, a severe outbreak of measles occurred in a refugee camp in Calais, France.

 Whooping Cough

“Pertussis, a respiratory illness commonly known as whooping cough, is a very contagious disease caused by a type of bacteria called Bordetella pertussis. These bacteria attach to the cilia (tiny, hair-like extensions) that line part of the upper respiratory system. The bacteria release toxins (poisons), which damage the cilia and cause airways to swell,” the CDC reports.

In 1926, there were over 200,000 cases of whooping cough (pertussis) reported in the United States.

Half a century later, the disease had been virtually eradicated here, and only 1,010 cases were reported in 1976.

But a decade later, in 1986, the number of reported cases had crept back up over 4,000. Now, in 2014, the reported number of cases have increased to 32,971, more than thirty times the number of cases reported just four decades earlier.

“Following the introduction of pertussis vaccines in the 1940s when case counts frequently exceeded 100,000 cases per year, reports declined dramatically to fewer than 10,000 by 1965,” the CDC notes.

“During the 1980s pertussis reports began increasing gradually, and by 2014 more than 32,000 cases were reported nationwide,” the CDC admits, but fails to point out the simultaneous quadrupling of foreign-born residents of the United States.

 Mumps

“Once a common illness among children and young adults, cases of mumps in the US have dropped by 99% since a vaccine was introduced in 1967,”Health.com reports:

“But occurrences crop up, particularly among close-knit communities. The CDC reports that there have been 688 reported cases of mumps in the US in 2015, including small outbreaks at universities in Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Wisconsin. In 2014, there was a mini-outbreak among professional hockey players,” Health.com reports.

The only way to prevent the mumps (aside from avoiding people with it) is to get the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine. Though usually administered to kids, you can get the vaccine at any time. It’s not foolproof (two doses are 88% effective at preventing the disease, per the CDC), and its protection can wear off over time, but it’s vastly better to get the shot than not. Booster doses are often recommended during outbreaks.

As noted, refugees are not required to have the MMR vaccine that prevents mumps.

 Scarlet Fever

“Largely forgotten over the past century thanks to the rise of antibiotics … scarlet fever … [has been making a]comeback in Asia (with more than 5,000 cases over the past five years in Hong Kong and 100,000 in China) and the United Kingdom (roughly 12,000 cases over the past year),” Health.com reports.

It is a serious disease that mainly affects children, as the CDC notes:

Scarlet fever – or scarlatina – is a bacterial infection caused by group AStreptococcus or “group A strep.” This illness affects a small percentage of people who have strep throat or, less commonly, streptococcal skin infections. Scarlet fever is treatable with antibiotics and usually is a mild illness, but it needs to be treated to prevent rare but serious long-term health problems. Treatment with antibiotics also helps clear up symptoms faster and reduces spread to other people.

Although anyone can get scarlet fever, it usually affects children between 5 and 15 years old. The classic symptom of the disease is a certain type of red rash that feels rough, like sandpaper.

 Bubonic Plague

The United States experienced a significant outbreak of bubonic plague in San Francisco during the first decade of the 20th century. This outbreak was much smaller than those in China and India just a few years earlier, but was frightening to many Americans. As PBS reported:

In the summer of 1899, a ship sailing from Hong Kong to San Francisco had had two cases of plague on board. Because of this, although no passengers were ill when the ship reached San Franscisco, it was to be quarantined on Angel Island. When the boat was searched, 11 stowaways were found — the next day two were missing. Their bodies were later found in the Bay, and autopsy showed they contained plague bacilli. Despite this scare, there was no immediate outbreak of disease. But rats from the ship probably had something to do with the epidemic that hit San Francisco nine months later.

If you “think this notorious killer died with the Middle Ages,” think again. “The disease actually persists in parts of Africa, Asia, and South America. And there have been 16 reported cases of plague, with four deaths, in the United States this past year. Most recently, a 16-year-old girl from Oregon was sickened and hospitalized after apparently being bitten by a flea on a hunting trip,” as Health.com reported recently.:

You can get plague from fleas that have carried the Yersinia pestis bacteria from an infected rodent, or by handling an infected animal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Bubonic plague is the most common form in the U.S., while pneumonic plague (affecting the lungs) and septicemic plague (affecting the blood) are less prevalent but more serious. Symptoms of bubonic plague include fever, chills, headache, and swollen lymph glands.

 These six “comeback” diseases are not the only ones of concern to America’s public health.

A number of other diseases, some of which are prevalent among foreign born residents of the United States and foreign visitors, also present a current problem, to varying degrees, including zika, flesh eating parasites—cutaneous leishmaniasis, ebola, leprosy, intestinal parasites, HIV, scabies, and diptheria.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/06/19/diseases-thought-eradicated-world-refugee-day/
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