Doctors Ask Why Some Enterovirus 68 Patients Developed Polio-Like Paralysis: Update
MONDAY: This latest study is going to help scientists come out with right medication for this dreaded disease among children. A new study has given strong indications that there is some sort of evil connection between a virus that is known as enterovirus D68 and the unexpected development of paralysis among some kids in two American states.
There were several such cases in California and Colorado during 2012 and 2014 and doctors were at their witsâ€™ ends to understand as to what was the reason behind it.
Dr. Charles Chiu while talking about it says, â€œThis suggests that it’s not only the virus, but also patients’ individual biology that determines what disease they may present withâ€. Charles Chiu is an associate professor of laboratory medicine and director of the University of California, San Francisco-Abbott Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center. “Given that none of the children have fully recovered, we urgently need to continue investigating this new strain … and its potential to cause acute flaccid myelitis,” he said in a university news release. The study was published in the March 30 issue of The Lancet Infectious Diseases.