July 15, 2022 – Potentially deadly paragallbladder virus now circulating in multiple states, causing fever, Seizuresand septicemiaSimilar symptoms, including confusion and extreme pain, According to the CDC.
Human paracholine viruses are common in children, and most are infected before kindergarten, the CDC said.Between 6 months and 5 years, symptoms include upper respiratory tract infection, fever and rash.
But babies under 3 months can develop more serious and potentially fatal infections. they might get “septicemia– like disorders, seizures and meningitis or meningoencephalitis, especially in infants younger than 1 month,” the CDC said. At least A newborn baby has reportedly died from infection.
Paraenteroviruses can be spread like other common bacteria from feces that are later ingested — possibly due to poor handwashing — as well as droplets from coughs or sneezes. It can be spread by people with or without symptoms of the infection.
The CDC says the microbe can thrive in the upper respiratory tract for 1 to 3 weeks and in the gastrointestinal tract for up to 6 months.
Paragallbladder virus often causes a rash on hands and feet that some experts refer to as “gloves and boots,” said Kristina Angel Bryant, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at University Hospital of Louisville.
The CDC is urging doctors to test babies for these symptoms if there is no other explanation for what might be distressing them.
There is no specific treatment for paraenterovirus. With no standard testing system in place, experts are unsure whether the number of paraenterovirus cases in 2022 will be higher than in previous years.
Bryant said the message to parents is: don’t panic. “This is not a new virus.”
“One of the most common symptoms is a fever, and in some children, it’s the only symptom,” she said. “Older babies and toddler There may only be cold symptoms, and some children have no symptoms at all. “
Parents can take the usual steps to protect their children from viral illnesses, including diligence handwashing There is less contact with people who are sick, Bryant said.