Summary: Study connects enterovirus A71, which causes Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease, to a large outbreak of neurological illness in the U.S in 2018. Symptoms of the virus include myoclonus, ataxia, weakness, and autonomic instability.

Source: Children’s Hospital Colorado

The Lancet Infectious Diseases recently published the results of an observational study led by researchers on Children’s Hospital Colorado Infectious Disease and Neurology teams, along with counterparts at the Centers for Disease Control and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The study was conducted from March 1 to November 30, 2018, and led to a discovery of the largest outbreak of enterovirus A71 (EV-A71) in the United States.

 

Cynthia S. Goldsmith and Yiting Zhang, CDC [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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