Colorado health department investigating virus outbreak affecting children | AspenTimes.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Colorado health department investigating virus outbreak affecting children

The Associated Press

DENVER — The Colorado health department is investigating after dozens of children suffered neurological complications due to a rare viral infection.

The Department of Public Health and Environment reports finding 41 cases of enterovirus A71 infections leading to neurological complications this year.

All of the patients were hospitalized and nearly all have fully recovered. All but one of those affected was 5 years old or younger. The children have been diagnosed with meningitis, encephalitis and acute flaccid myelitis

Pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. Samuel Dominguez tells The Denver Post the A71 strain of enterovirus is rarely found in the U.S. Symptoms include sudden weakness in arms or legs, trouble breathing, loss of balance, fever, severe headache and unusual jerking motions while asleep.

Health officials aren’t sure what caused the outbreak, which began this spring.


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.
 

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User