Update On Enterovirus In North Carolina

Enterovirus is in North Carolina, but WHERE?

I’ve been fielding a lot of emails and Facebook messages on Enterovirus.

This virus appears to be causing paralysis in some of the kids who have succumb to it and a 4-year-old New Jersey boy recently died from it. Overall, this thing has taken 5 lives.

From Sharyl Attkisson:

The CDC reports that in the past month and a half, at least 538 people in 43 states and the District of Columbia have become ill with EV-D68. Most of them are children and some developed limb paralysis. Polio, which can cause paralysis and death, is a type of enterovirus. EV-D68 is one of more than a hundred “non-polio” enteroviruses.

The actual number of EV-D68 infections is likely significantly higher than reported since some state health officials are not testing every suspected case.

The article also asks the question if there is a link to the influx of illegal children. These outbreaks started after they were shipped on buses all over the country.

Five lives and hundreds of cases reported with who knows how many unreported. Our national, state and local health officials won’t give any answers; they just give us advice on good hand washing practices.

People are rightfully concerned and deserve more information… like if this thing is present in their county or not.

Parents in North Carolina have told me that they have been contacting the NC Department of Health and Human Services trying to gain information on what specific counties have reported the virus’s presence.

So far, none of  these parents were given any information on the locations of reported outbreaks in North Carolina.

This is my own attempt and the response I received:

It’s “present widely”.  Gee…That’s so reassuring.

I found that Harnett county had received a letter from NC DHHS about Enterovirus. I then asked Wake County Schools if they had received such a letter:

 

Again, not that reassuring.  Wake County Schools is one of the largest districts in the state with thousands of kids in it.

I received a tip that UNC Hospitals were treating up to 6 Enterovirus patients. Our media isn’t asking these questions, so I did:

 

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About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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