Monday, October 6, 2014

Enterovirus D68, LEARN about this!

I think of my grandchildren, all that is happening in our world and wonder why people don't learn. I wrote a blog post about Terror, Famine, Disease and War  (I am watching all four cover the earth, spreading like a virus does)

The Facts on Enterovirus D68

Enterovirus D68, also known as EV-D68, belongs to a larger group of viruses known as enteroviruses. This group includes more than 100 different types of enteroviruses, which together affect millions of people around the world. Enteroviruses commonly affect the gastrointestinal tract and cause stomach flu and diarrhea. However, EV-D68 is mainly associated with respiratory disease and therefore is more similar to the human rhinovirus (a type of virus that affects the respiratory tract).
EV-D68 was first identified in California in 1962 in 4 children with pneumonia and bronchiolitis (a type of infection of the airways). Until recently, only a few isolated cases had been identified since that time, but in the past 5 years outbreaks have occurred in Japan, the Philippines, the Netherlands, the United States and Canada.
Enterovirus D68 infections occur most frequently in summer and fall. Children under the age of 5 and children with asthma appear to be the most at risk of infection, but it can also affect adults with asthma and those that have weakened immune systems.

Causes of Enterovirus D68

Because EV-D68 causes respiratory illness, the virus is found in the respiratory secretions of an infected person. This means that the virus can be transmitted from person to person through saliva or mucus. If an infected person touches a surface, or coughs or sneezes on it, it can become contaminated, meaning that others who touch this surface may become infected.

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