14 Infants in Midwest Sickened with Rare Virus
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Fourteen infants in Kansas and Missouri have been reported to be infected with a rare human parechovirus (HPeV3) that can cause meningitis and widespread inflammation. The first cases were reported in June to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment by Shawnee Mission Medical Center and later by Children’s Mercy Hospital. It is unknown if there is a common factor linking the infections; nine cases are from infant in Kansas and five are from infants in Missouri. Human parechovirus infections are usually mild with no or few symptoms, but they can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, and respiratory illnesses; the infections are also more common during the summer. All of the infants have required hospitalization and health officials are attempting to determine of there have been HPeV3 infections in other healthcare locations.
Health authorities in the Kansas City area are investigating infections among 14 infants with a virus that can cause meningitis and other inflammation. Kansas Department of Health and Environment spokeswoman Aimee Rosenow says none of the infants has died, but all have been hospitalized, reports CBS affiliate KCTV5 News.
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