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CDC issues alert on new respiratory virus that can cripple children

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning about an increase in the spread of a contagious virus that can cause permanent paralysis in children.

The CDC said hospitals and other health care providers have told the agency over the past month that “pediatric hospitalizations in patients with severe respiratory illnesses who have also tested positive for rhinovirus (RV) and/or enterovirus (EV)” had increased.

Some have also tested positive for enterovirus D68 – EV-D68. The CDC said the number of children testing positive for RV or EV as well as EV-D68 is higher this year.

“Although it primarily causes acute respiratory disease, EV-D68 has been associated with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a rare but serious neurological complication involving limb weakness,” the CDC said in its advisory.

RVs are usually linked to acute respiratory illnesses, such as asthma. Although electric vehicles can also cause acute respiratory illness, they are linked to other problems, such as febrile rash, neurological illness, aseptic meningitis and encephalitis.

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