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NEW YORK, Oct 11 - A 21-month-old girl is the first in the state of Michigan and second in the U.S. to die this year from a strain of the enterovirus that has infected more than 500 people across the nation, health officials said on Saturday.
Madeline Reid, who was stricken with Enterovirus D68(EV-D68), passed away late on Friday while being treated at the Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, hospital officialssaid in a statement.
"It is never easy to lose a child, and our entire healthcare team at the Children's Hospital of Michigan is deeply saddenedby this family's loss and mourns with them during this very difficult time," Rudolph Valentini, chief medical officer at the children's hospital, said.
Reid is the first in the state reported to have died from the virus, Michigan Department of Community Health spokeswoman Jennifer Smith said.
More than 500 people, mostly children, in 43 states and the District of Columbia have been infected with EV-D68 since mid-August, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This week, the CDC said that a 4-year-old Eli Waller of New Jersey, who went to bed last month in seemingly good health and died in his sleep, was the first fatality linked directly to the strain of the virus.
Aside from Reid and Waller, at least four others infected with Enterovirus D68 have died this year, although the CDC saidit is unclear what role the virus played in their deaths.
EV-D68 is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses, which are common at this time of year and cause 10 million to 15 million infections in the United States annually. Few people who contract Enterovirus D68 develop symptoms beyond a runny noseand low fever.
There has been lots of debate over this, so far all I've heard is conjecture.
Most rapid influenza diagnostic tests (RITDs) perform well when viral concentrations in a sample are high, but accuracy declines at lower concentrations, researchers found. Of 11 FDA-cleared rapid tests that were commercially available during the 2011-2012 flu season, most detected viral antigens in samples with the highest concentrations, according to Roxanne Shively, MS, of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and colleagues. Detection varied, however, when the viral concentrations in a sample were lower, the researchers reported in the Nov. 2 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. And one rapid test -- SAS FluAlert Influenza A from SA Scientific -- did not consistently detect the pandemic H1N1 virus or other influenza A viruses even at high concentrations.
originally posted by: AnteBellum
a reply to: 727Sky
Thank you, I didn't add that whole conspiracy end to this story because it didn't feel right along with the incidents of these two beautiful angels.
Please anyone that wants to talk about it now, I won't take offense.
There has been lots of debate over this, so far all I've heard is conjecture. Do you know if anyone has linked the path of this back into Mexico? Hearing stories like this just adds to the frustration, NJ has a huge immigration issue. Driving to work I see the ICE teams randomly driving around in their white van stopping at all the local 'work wait zones' many of these people stand at. Last week I noticed them wearing masks and gloves, when they made a stop, while I was in traffic(New Brunswick, NJ). I'm starting to wonder if I should stock up on latex also now, just in case.
ADD: Funny, I'm off to take him to his doctors appointment right now. Hopefully they are not packed with sick kids. I'll be back soon. . .