Translation of my Dutch document VIRUS EV-D68
Because it's in my head is that there is a summer flu coming, I am going to orient to what is happening in the medical world. The most striking clinical picture was the EV-D68 virus. Also because large numbers of people fleeing from Africa to Europe, it may be that such a form reveals itself in Europe. I go deeper into this virus.
Completely unexpectedly, there was an outbreak in mid-August 2014 of the virus EV-D68 in 49 different states of North America. It was not until January 15, 2015 to press the virus down. Although no drugs are available. It took the lives of four children, while 1,153 people have suffered. Many children owe their salvation through admissions to intensive care of different hospitals. This information I found at the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention USA). Because I could not immediately find information at the RIVM, I emailed them and received answers from there. I write this article from the standpoint: Netherlands.
What are the symptoms of this virus?
- Breathing problems
- Fever (at 25 to 30% of the child patients. In adults, it is not known)
- Paralysis (in extreme cases)
Treatment is focused solely on symptoms.
In the Netherlands, this virus also several times broke out in 2010 and 2014, however, the number of patients was very limited. Usually it can start in the autumn / early winter. Known are complaints to the breathing. For patients suffering from asthma is a support in the hospital required. The immune system of young children can’t handle this kind of virus. The disease is known mainly in infants and young children, because they too have a low resistance. Adult men can handle it better, except again those who have other illnesses.
RIVM monitors frequently in the presence of the EV-D68 virus and there are people there who actively doing research, especially since there is no cure for. Adults can handle it with paracetamol medication, but for kids is pretty different. If necessary, the RIVM takes through the usual channels, contact to the professionals (doctors, hospitals, etc.).
My concern about getting diseases through viruses also relies on the large flows of refugees coming to Europe. However, in all countries where they arrive, measures are taken to prevent contamination if there is a virus.
This article I have written is referring to a presentiment and I hope that if there is a summer flu coming, that it is a mild form.
Update 20151020: My feeling is not true about the EV-D68 virus, but the virus is still lurking.