CDC: Parechovirus Infects 23 Infants in Tennessee, US

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According to a report from the US CDC, 23 children were admitted to a Tennessee hospital for the treatment of parechovirus, a common virus that can pose a lethal threat to infants. 21 of the children have been recovered without any complications, but once the infant was at risk for hearing loss and blood clots.

The US CDC said another child experienced persistent seizures and was also expected to suffer from serious delay in development. The children admitted to the hospital in Tennessee, were between 5 days and 3 months old, and their illness was detected from April 12, 2022 to May 24, 2022.

The US CDC report has described the infections as an unusually large cluster, and six more cases of the disease have been identified at the hospital at times this year, compared with recent years.

Thirteen of the patients were girls and ten were boys, and all of them had been circulating across the United States since May 2022, and the report suggested parechovirus as a diagnosis to consider for babies with unexplained seizures and fever.

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Most children have been infected with the disease by the time they reach kindergarten, and its symptoms include sneezing, and a runny nose, what it really associate with is the common cold.