A frightening new side effect is hitting some patients with the enterovirus, including muscle weakness and paralysis.
Doctors said it has been discovered in a number of children in Colorado, who are recovering from enterovirus. Some of the children are experiencing weakness of the arms and legs, while others suffering from a polio-like paralysis.
So far, enterovirus has been discovered in 40 states, including West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. No cases have been confirmed in the Upper Ohio Valley.
The Ohio County Health Department Administrator, Howard Gamble, said under certain circumstances, children need medical attention and to be tested.
“Children who have severe asthma or other respiratory problem and then also are picking up a cold and are having difficulty breathing should be tested for enterovirus, just to see if it’s present. We know it’s present in the State of West Virginia as well as the states all around us. 40 states have it,” Gamble said.
Gamble said the children who have come down with muscle weakness and paralysis were up-to-date on their polio vaccinations.
The issue has been written up in several medical journals already. At this point, there is no vaccine for enterovirus.