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Government Agency Warns Infants Diagnosed with Parechovirus

Posted: November 30th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Medicated | Tags: , | Comments Off on Government Agency Warns Infants Diagnosed with Parechovirus

Infants Diagnosed with ParechovirusAustralian GPs are being urged to be on the look out for a new virus, called Parechovirus – HPeV – that affects infants and has not been seen in Australia before.

About 20 babies have been diagnosed with the gastro and respiratory virus, which usually only causes fever, rash and diarrhoea but in severe cases can develop into hepatitis or encephalitis.

New South Wales Health – NSWH – says all 20 cases of HPeV have so far been in children aged under 16 weeks.  Parents and doctors should be on the lookout for symptoms.

HPeV is a ubiquitous virus that is transmitted from person to person via direct and indirect routes. It is the cause of paralytic poliomyelitis, a disease that has been eradicated from most western nations ::::

HEALTH WARNING! NSWH is warning that since October the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network and the John Hunter Children’s Hospital have seen around 20 admissions for suspected cases of parechovirus

Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director of Communicable Diseases Branch at New South Wales Health said severe cases of parechovirus infection can have a rapid onset. In addition to a high fever there are a range of other signs including a red rash, irritability, diarrhoea, hepatitis or encephalitis.

“Most cases make a complete recovery after several days in hospital. Parechovirus is usually spread from person to person through contact with respiratory droplets, saliva or faeces from an infected person.” Dr Sheppeard said. “Parechovirus infection can be hard to prevent, but washing hands with soap and water after going to the toilet, before eating, after wiping noses, and after changing nappies or soiled clothing should help reduce the spread of infection.”

To date no other state has issued a warning.

WIKI

Parechoviruses are responsible for a wide spectrum of diseases in persons of all ages, although infection and illness occurs most commonly in infants and young children.

More than 90 percent of infections simply result in high fever. However, when disease occurs, the spectrum and severity of clinical manifestations vary with the age, gender, and immune status. The spectrum of diseases attributed to parechoviruses is includes prolonged fever, respiratory tract infections, exanthems, viral meningitis, encephalitis, myocarditis, and serious neonatal infections.

The majority of HPeV respiratory infections – 79 percent – occurr in children less than 3 months old, consistent with early acquisition of the virus. This is also consistent with seroprevalence studies from Finland and Japan and previous CDC data regarding HPeV-CNS infections.

A CDC report found that in the Northern Hemisphere, the peak seasonality is in late summer, similar to previous reports of HPeV in the CNS and the seasonality of enteroviruses.

source: cdc
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source: nsw.health

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