A mysterious virus paralyzes children and worries doctors

According to the Los Angeles Times, more than 90% of cases of acute flaccid myelitis are in young children. “This is because they do not yet have immunity to previous exposures to these viruses“, explain the CDC.”Adults can be infected with enteroviruses, but are more likely to have no or mild symptoms.” Mild symptoms are runny nose, sneezing, coughing, body aches, and in one out of two cases, fever.

EV-D68 can be transmitted through the saliva and mucus of an infected person and spreads”when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches a surface that is then touched by others“, according to the CDC. There is currently no vaccine available against EV-D68. Health officials in the United States recommend in the meantime to protect against other viral diseases such as influenza and the Covid-19.

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