CDC warns parents about the spread of parechovirus, one infant killed On July 12, the CDC issued a Health Alert Network Health Advisory after one infant died from parechovirus. (NCD)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning parents of infants about a potentially deadly virus that has been found in several states across the country.
The CDC issued a Health Alert Network Health Advisory this week for parechovirus after one infant died from the virus.
While parechovirus is a common virus that generally causes upper respiratory tract infection, fever and rash, it can cause severe illness in infants younger than 3 months.
The CDC is calling on doctors to consider the virus as a possible diagnosis in infants with fever, sepsis-like symptoms, seizures and meningitis when no other cause is apparent.
Sepsis symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, sweating and extreme pain.
In June, a Connecticut baby died after contracting the virus when he was 8 days old. He died just short of a month after getting the virus.
The child’s mother told CT Insider the baby had a rash and his chest was red. He stopped crying and eventually had seizures, according to Katherine Delancy.
“They checked him for epilepsy and certain seizure disorders,” she told the outlet. “They also were looking to see if he maybe had a head injury of some sort.”
According to the CDC, parechovirus spreads through saliva, respiratory droplets and fecal particles that end up in the mouth.
It is not clear if the rate of parechovirus is higher this year since the CDC does not have a nationwide surveillance program for the virus.
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