Oct 1, 2014 4:03 PM

7 confirmed cases of Enterovirus in NH, doctors have new concerns


A Rhode Island child hospitalized with Enterovirus D-68 has died. She was diagnosed with the virus, but died of a bacterial infection. The Rhode Island department of health says the circumstances were a, "very rare combination". With seven confirmed cases now in New Hampshire there are new signs and concerns everyone should be aware of.

The D-68 strand of the Enterovirus, has run rampant throughout the country. Now doctor are fearing it may be two-fold. This particular strand may be linked to polio and forms of paralysis.

"It's a distant cousin to the polio virus. So again, this is an unusual complication an apparently unusual complication of a virus that is circulating widely and mostly causing respiratory disease," said Dr. Elizabeth Talbot of the Infectious Disease Department of Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Doctors said the form of Polio and that has been associated with the Enterovirus is an incredibly rare circumstance and not a direct symptom of the virus.
"With any kind of illness, frankly, any respiratory illness any cold but neurologic disease such as severe headache, inability to walk normally or handle fine motor skills or think clearly, this is always an indication to seek medical attention. I think that this is probably a rare complication of what's turned out to be a widespread viral infection," said Talbot.

Elliot hospital in Manchester ensures they are fully equipped if the number of confirmed cases does grow.

"We have an infection control team, that includes epidemiologists and we have infectious disease specialists on staff. We have a well-organized working relationship between doctors and nurses to make sure that patience's are appropriately identified," said Dr. Kevin Petit, Executive Medical Director of Pediatrics.

Doctor's continue to monitor the counties that have been effected and are keeping a close watch on the rest of the Granite State.


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