: A common virus is putting more children in the hospital than in recent years

by | Sep 22, 2022 | Stock Market

A respiratory virus that pops up every two years is causing an increase in pediatric hospitalizations in some parts of the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC said earlier this month that more children and teens tested positive for a type of enterovirus called EV-D68 in July and August of this year compared with the same two-month period in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

It also said that hospitals in several U.S. regions had notified the agency in August about an increasing number of hospitalizations of pediatric patients who tested positive for rhinoviruses or enteroviruses.   EV-D68, which is responsible for a higher proportion of illnesses among those who are testing positive for rhinoviruses or enteroviruses this year, is of particular concern. It causes respiratory symptoms such as coughing and shortness of breath, but it can also lead to a rash or, in rare cases, serious neurologic complications.  “Kids get respiratory illness from the virus, and then somewhere between a couple of days and a couple of weeks afterwards can develop limb weakness and, in more severe cases, paralysis of limbs,” said Adam Ratner, director of the pediatric infectious diseases division at NYU Langone’s Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital. “It is, in many ways, milder than what you get with polio without the same sort of long-lasting effects, but it’s sti …

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