Following the widening spread of the enterovirus 68 disease among many American kids, the death has been reported of a 4 year old boy, Eli Waller, whom the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed died of enterovirus 68 complications.
Eli Waller was a preschooler at the Yardville Elementary School in Hamilton, and following his death cleaning crews had had to disinfect his classroom to prevent the chances of the disease’s spread. Several affected children displayed symptoms like that of polio, although the CDC is currently researching links between the disease and temporary paralysis that has been reported among some other children.
According to Dr. Larry Wolk, the executive director for Colorado Department of Health, “some of these children are as young as 1 year of age, so it’s difficult to tell whether or not it’s just a weakness or a paralysis. We don’t know yet from the doctors at Children’s whether or not this would be reversible or whether or not this is permanent.”
The Hamilton Township Health Officer, Jeff Plunkett, added that “the symptoms that they need to look out for would be the normal flu-like symptoms – coughing, sneezing, running nose, and fever. If there’s additional asthma or underlying conditions, certainly that would add to it.”
Several cases of the enterovirus 68 outbreak has been reported in about 45 states of the US, and there is currently no definite treatment procedures for treating the children’s respiratory disease, but health experts advise that all parents and young kids or teens wash their hands often with antiseptic soaps; avoid touching their nose and mouth with dirty hands; avoid kissing or sharing utensils with sick persons; and frequently disinfect open spaces in the home and easily-touched surfaces like tables, toys, and door-knobs among others in order to prevent the spread of the enterovirus 68 among children and households.