As US Panics Over Dallas Ebola Case, Lethal Enterovirus Threatens PA, NJ, and 38 Other States

By Kenneth Lipp

Dan Sapatkin reports in Philly.com that the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has admitted three cases with neurological complications that researchers suspect may be linked to the recently prolific enterovirus HEV-D68.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified the New Jersey Department of Health last night that a 4-year from Mercer County who died last week had tested positive for HEV-D68.

The not unprecedented but rare cluster of nervous system symptoms reported by CHOP is often caused by  an infection.  The “combination of muscle weakness and spinal abnormality,” writes Sapatkin, are being studied at “a growing number of institutions across the country that are seeking to understand clusters of cases with the same symptoms…… investigators hope to determine whether these symptoms are linked to an enterovirus, D68, that suddenly showed up in increasing numbers less than a month ago and has been causing respiratory illness in at least 40 states,” Sapatkin reports.

15 cases of HEV-D68 have been diagnosed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey (6 and 9, respectively).

Read the full story,  N.J. child dies, tests positive for enterovirus, while CHOP reports three cases of muscle weakness

 

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About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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