Researchers Warn of Enterovirus D68 Link to Paralysis

Child in ICU
Child in ICU
While there is still no definitive link between the two, researchers are concerned about another EV-D68 outbreak.

A new study by researchers from Children’s Hospital Colorado suggests a potential link between a rare respiratory virus and a form of paralysis that has so far affected more than 100 children in the US. Researchers say there may be a link between enterovirus D68 and cases of AFP that have affected more than 100 children in the US.

Since early August last year, 107 children over 34 US states have developed acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) – a sudden form of muscle weakness or paralysis. The condition is characterized by limb weakness, difficulty swallowing and/or facial weakness.

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