Polio-like illness emerging in California? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 5 Old 02-24-2014, 01:21 PM - Thread Starter
 
rachelsmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 1,562
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)

So, would anybody like to discuss this in a general way? 

 

http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/24/health/mystery-illness-in-california/

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/23/polio-like-illness-california/5703827/

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26289614

 

Anybody care to speculate on whether this new illness will spread, or whether it will just fizzle out?  

 

And why is there so much difference in the reported number of cases from news-article to news-article?

rachelsmama is offline  
#2 of 5 Old 02-24-2014, 01:52 PM
 
MeepyCat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 3,676
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 18 Post(s)

I think the difference is 18 cases of illness, 5 cases of paralysis, and then some imprecision over at USA Today.

 

I hope this illness won't spread, and it seems pretty slow at spreading.  Twenty cases in 18 months over a 100-mile radius suggests either that most cases are very mild and not reported, or that the virus is not highly transmissable person to person.  I would hope that someone is doing the epidemiological footwork on this with the affected families, to figure out how they might have been exposed, and then to track down those possibilities.

rachelsmama likes this.
MeepyCat is online now  
#3 of 5 Old 02-25-2014, 10:40 AM
 
anyalily's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Northern California
Posts: 891
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Today, I read 25 cases! My Gramma called me panicking because my 5 yo had a strange cough.

It sounded to me like they know what it is, HEV-68. Like polio, most people just get a little cold. What I'm curious about is what turns it into paralysis, encephalitis, etc?

Mama to DD luxlove.gif born June 2008 and Wife to my dear Magyar foreign exchange husband. Expecting again in September!joy.gif 
anyalily is offline  
#4 of 5 Old 02-27-2014, 07:45 AM
 
ss834's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 301
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by anyalily View Post

Today, I read 25 cases! My Gramma called me panicking because my 5 yo had a strange cough.

It sounded to me like they know what it is, HEV-68. Like polio, most people just get a little cold. What I'm curious about is what turns it into paralysis, encephalitis, etc?

 

Take a look at this press release from the American Academy of Neurology: https://www.aan.com/PressRoom/Home/PressRelease/1246

 

They aren't making the link between HEV-68 and this paralysis yet.  :"Two children tested positive for enterovirus-68, a rare virus previously associated with polio-like symptoms. No cause was identified in the remaining three children." --AAN

 

It also says that a research paper was written on 5 cases specifically, while there are between 20 and 25 total suspected cases being investigated.

ss834 is offline  
#5 of 5 Old 02-27-2014, 08:15 AM
 
ss834's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 301
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Someone in the comments on the Stanford blog brought up the thought that if it is viral/bacterial, it might be drought-related. In the past, droughts have caused epidemics of anthrax and some other illnesses.

Here's a CDC page on drought-related illness: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/drought/infectious.htm

 

Just something to ponder.

ss834 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off