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Arizona public-health officials said Wednesday that lab tests have confirmed the state’s first case of a viral strain that triggers potentially severe respiratory illness in children.
State health officials said the child who tested positive for enterovirus D68 is now healthy, but provided no other details such as age, gender or where in Arizona the child lives.
Arizona Department of Health Services officials also would not comment on the status of pending tests for a Peoria first-grader and a Phoenix infant who both died after recent bouts with reported respiratory illness.
Enterovirus is a common virus with more than 100 strains that typically circulate during the summer and fall. But the D68 strain of the virus, tied to more severe respiratory illness, has been circulating nationwide since mid-August, with 941 confirmed cases.
Department of Health Services officials said that testing has been completed for 27 samples, and just one has been confirmed for the D68 strain.
Six samples have tested positive for rhinovirus, a common cold virus, and another six have tested positive for enterovirus and rhinovirus. Some less-precise tests administered at area hospitals do not distinguish between enterovirus and rhinovirus. Another 14 samples did not have either virus.
In addition, 17 other samples are pending at Arizona’s laboratory or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s labs, said Laura Oxley, spokeswoman for the Department of Health Services.
Arizona’s state lab does not have the sensitivity to test for the D68 strain, but Arizona is working to obtain that capability, Oxley said. Until then, only the CDC labs can confirm whether a sample has the D68 strain.
Five-month-old Lancen Kendall of Phoenix died Oct. 10 after becoming severely sick with a respiratory illness. His family set him down for a nap and soon noticed he wasn’t breathing. He was rushed by ambulance to Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, where he died five days later, according to his family.
The hospital’s preliminary test showed that the boy had enterovirus and rhinovirus, which are both common-cold viruses. Lancen’s mother, Kathleen Kendall, said she was told by state health officials Wednesday evening that Lancen’s test has not been completed yet.
“They told us our test is still pending. We still don’t know whether it has been confirmed,” Kendall said.
Peoria first-grader John Lucas “Luke” Smith died last week after he became sick with respiratory illness. The day after school officials informed parents of the boy’s death, 80 percent of children at Vistancia Elementary School did not show up for classes. No test results have been made public for Smith.
The CDC said that it began using a newer, faster test that will allow it to work more quickly through pending samples. The federal agency also said that it expects the number of cases will begin to decline by late fall, and it is assessing preliminary reports that the number of new infections is trending down.
The Canadian Center for Disease Control has confirmed that a twenty-five year old man has died from the EV-D68 virus. The man’s family has confirmed that his name is Reuben Deuling, and that he is from the lower mainland of B.C.
The man was admitted to the hospital about a week before his passing, and his condition rapidly deteriorated. It was reported that Reuben Deuling did suffer from bad asthma, and his father described him as suffering from a massive asthma attack.
The EV-D68 virus is a new kind of virus that is much like a normal flu, but does contain several distinct differences. The US CDC has linked the virus to causing paralysis and neurological symptoms, but it appears that Reuben Deuling did not suffer from any of these problems. The virus has caused thousands of reported cases in the US, and there have also been a number of cases in Canada. This includes 30 persons in BC, and another eighty persons in Ontario.
However, it is not standard for persons in both countries to be tested for the virus, and most persons will not go to the hospital as the result of having what is a simple flu. This means that the number of persons with the virus is probably far higher. The virus typically infects young persons, but officials have stated that the death of Reuben Deuling demonstrates that adults should be concerned. In Canada, the virus has infected persons between the age of one and eighty.
The virus has killed a reported seven persons in the US, and the number of persons with it will continue to grow until the end of flue seasons. Persons with the virus should avoid public places, get plenty of rest and fluids, and seek medical treatment if their condition deteriorates.
Four people who were infected with a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country have died, but what role the virus played in the deaths is unclear, health officials said Wednesday.
A 10-year-old Rhode Island girl died last week after suffering both a bacterial infection and infection from enterovirus 68, Rhode Island health officials said. The virus is behind a spike in harsh respiratory illnesses in children since early August.
The virus was also found in three other patients who died in September, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC declined to release any other details about those deaths.
It’s not clear what role the virus may have played in the four deaths, officials from Rhode Island and the CDC say.
The Rhode Island child’s death was the result of a bacterial infection, Staphylococcus aureus, that hit the girl in tandem with the virus, Rhode Island officials said in a statement.
They called it “a very rare combination,” and stressed that most people who catch the virus experience little more than a runny nose and low-grade fever.
The child was in good health before she developed severe breathing problems and her parents called 911, said Dr. Michael Fine, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health. She was taken by ambulance to a Providence hospital, where she died.
“Very quickly after they got to the hospital, things became dire,” Fine said at a news conference.
This enterovirus germ is not new. It was first identified in 1962 and has caused clusters of illness before. Because it’s not routinely tested for, it may have spread widely in previous years without being identified in people who just seemed to have a cold.
This year, the virus has gotten more attention because it has been linked to hundreds of severe illnesses. Beginning last month, hospitals in Kansas City, Missouri, and Chicago have received a flood of children with trouble breathing. Some needed oxygen or more extreme care such as a breathing machine. Many, but not all, had asthma before the infection.
Health officials say they have not detected a recent mutation or other change in the virus that would cause it to become more dangerous.
The government says enterovirus 68 has sickened at least 500 people in 42 states and the District of Columbia. Almost all have been children.
Health officials are also investigating whether the virus played a role in a cluster of 10 Denver-area children who have suffered muscle weakness and paralysis.
Mysterious Virus at epidemic levels is spreading across U.S. and Canada And Primarily Affecting Vaccinated Children
“It’s worse in terms of scope of critically ill children who require intensive care. I would call it unprecedented. I’ve practiced for 30 years in pediatrics, and I’ve never seen anything quite like this.”
It’s being considered a severe respiratory virus known as EV-D68. It hits hard and fast and has already created an outbreak in Colorado, Missouri, Utah, Kansas, Illinois, Ohio, and four more states in the Midwest. It has also crossed over the Canada with confirmed cases in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. Although there is no known vaccine for the virus, ironically a common theme has been discovered in those who have been infected…they have all been vaccinated.
The symptoms can mimic those of the influenza virus, but can have a much more dire impact on those that fall ill. Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, the hospital’s division director for infectious disease shared her concern with CNN.
“It’s worse in terms of scope of critically ill children who require intensive care. I would call it unprecedented. I’ve practiced for 30 years in pediatrics, and I’ve never seen anything quite like this.”
The Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has infected more than 150 children in the U.S., and has recently spread to Canada with 18 confirmed cases in three provinces.
So far, no one has died from the virus but dozens of children have had to be treated in intensive care units.
Enteroviruses, such as EV-D68, are related to the common cold virus and can spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing, by close contact with infected persons or by touching a contaminated surface. In general, Enteroviruses circulate and peak in the summer and fall months so it is not unusual to see increased illnesses caused by Enteroviruses this time of year, however the intensity at which the virus is attacking children is rare.
There are more than 100 types of enteroviruses causing about 10 to 15 million infections in the United States each year, according to the CDC. They are carried in the intestinal tract and often spread to other parts of the body.
Although there is no known vaccine for the virus, and the scope which it will reach is also unknown, those that have become infected are following a common theme. They have all been vaccinated with the MMR vaccines, influenza vaccines, and polio vaccines. Of course, many children in the United States have been vaccinated, and most are required to be vaccinated in order to enter school. However, it is interesting to note that the illness is not occurring, yet, in children that have not been vaccinated.
“So far all of the reports we are seeing are coming in from children who have been partially or fully immunized,” said infectious disease specialist Dr. Heather Ashton. “Reports are managed through the National Enterovirus Surveillance System and the summaries thus far are all coming in from vaccinated pediatric populations in the U.S. and Canada.”
Dr. Pritish Tosh, an infectious diseases physician-researcher at the Mayo Clinic, added: “When dealing with respiratory illnesses in young people, they can be severe and result in hospitalizations and the requirement of intensive care. And it looks as through this strain of the virus is causing infections in children severe enough to get them admitted to the hospital.”
Why Vaccinated Children Are More Susceptible To Illness.
Besides environmental toxins and our food supply, vaccines remain as one of the biggest threats to the heath of our children.
In a 2011 study in the Journal of Virology researchers at the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands have demonstrated that a regular flu vaccine in children actually worsens a key aspect of their flu-fighting immune system. This research was not conducted by vaccine-disliking scientists. Rather, it was conducted by pro-vaccine researchers who have spent their careers trying to develop better vaccines. Lead author Rogier Bodewes delivered the sobering message as he explained that flu vaccines “have potential drawbacks that have previously been under appreciated and that are also a matter of debate.”
It involved highly advanced scientific evaluation of the immune system. The researchers collected blood from 27 healthy, unvaccinated children with an average age of 6 years old, and 14 children with cystic fibrosis who received an annual flu shot. The unvaccinated children were found to have a superior immune response, giving them broader protection against what they might face in an actual flu season, including pandemic strains.
According to [2011 Aug] State of health of unvaccinated children: Illnesses in unvaccinated children, the results show that unvaccinated children are far less affected by common diseases.
Asthma, hayfever and neurodermatitis. A German study with 17461 children between 0-17 years of age (KIGGS) showed that 4.7% of these children suffer from asthma, 10.7% of these children from hayfever and 13.2% from neurodermatitis. These numbers differ in western countries, i.e. the prevalence of asthma among children in the US is 6% whereas it is 14-16% in Australia (Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW). The prevalence of asthma among unvaccinated children in the study was 0.2%, hayfever 1.5% and neurodermatitis 2%.
According to the KIGGS study more than 40% of children between the ages of 3 and 17 years were sensitized against at least one allergen tested (20 common allergens were tested) and 22.9% had an allergic disease.
KIGGS showed that 12.8% of the children in Germany had herpes and 11% suffer from otitis media (an inflammation of the middle ear). If you compare this to unvaccinated children herpes among is very rare (less than 0.5%).
In young kids under the age of 3 warts are very rare. After the 3 years of age, however, the prevalence is rising. In the ages between 4 and 6 years, 5-10% of the kids have warts, in the age group 16-18, 15-20% have warts. (Source: netdoktor.at). Only 3% of unvaccinated children in the survey had warts.
Unvaccinated kids are five times less likely to have asthma than the vaccinated, 2.5 times less likely to have skin problems and 8 times less likely to be hyperactive.
Nanobacteria and Mycoplasma
There are also similarities to mycoplasma and to newly-discovered nanobacteria, currently considered to be the smallest forms of life and known to contaminate commercial vaccines. Nanobacteria are ubiquitous and may be involved in the pathology of many diseases currently considered of unknown cause.
Donald W. Scott, the editor of The Journal of Degenerative Diseases and the co-founder of the Common Cause Medical Research Foundation, links vaccines to AIDS (as did Hillerman) and to US bio-weapons research, and says they are contaminated with mycoplasma, a primitive bacteria that takes apart cell walls.
In May 2005, Dr Olavi Kajander delivered a sobering message to a joint meeting of the US FDA and the European Medicines Agency on viral safety when he presented new evidence to support something first published in 1997: that vaccines are contaminated with nanobacteria. Since 1999, government agencies have done virtually nothing to investigate the claim, due largely to that NIH experiment which failed to use particles discovered by Kajander as control samples; so now that the vaccine contamination has been officially reported to authorities, the question is: what will be done?
Perhaps the highest scientific authority saying vaccines are contaminated is Garth Nicolson. He is a cell biologist and editor of the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Metastasis, and the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry. He is one of the most cited scientists in the world, having published over 600 medical and scientific peer-reviewed papers, edited over 14 books, and served on the editorial boards of 28 medical and scientific journals. He is not just saying that vaccines are contaminated with mycoplasma but is warning the US that they are. Nicolson goes further and says that we are all being damaged by them and contracting chronic degenerative diseases that. That damage translates into lifelong patients (and thus life-long profit) for the pharmaceutical industry making the vaccines and he says doesn’t appear to be accidental.
Nanobacteria are novel microorganisms that are not detectable with present sterility testing methods, but they are detectable with new culture and immuno methods. They are commonly present in bovine and blood products and thus in cell cultures and antigens, including vaccines derived therefrom, and may be present in antibody and gammaglobulin products. Nanobacteria are a potential risk because of their cytotoxic properties and ability to infect fetuses, and thus their pathogenicity should be scrutinized.
The problem with mycoplasmas is that potentially every vaccine could have some level of contamination. Myco indicates fungal, but yet mycoplasma is not really a fungus, bacteria, or a virus. It’s sort of like a pseudo all of them. It has no cell wall, it goes deep into the cell nuclei thereby making it very difficult to mount an immune response against.
Dr. Larry Palevsky, a board certified NY pediatrician, who for ten years routinely gave vaccines to his patients until he noticed them losing eye contact and then began looking into the vaccines he had blindly trusted. He found that they are ALL contaminated with viruses that are so small they can never be removed. He no longer gives any vaccines. He now treats his young patients for autism and other neurologic injuries from vaccines.
Vaccines Are Causing Mutations That May Jeopardize The Health of Future Generations
Vaccines are causing an unprecedented number of mutations creating superbugs and potent viruses and bacteria that may eventually threaten future generations and humanity itself. Evidence continues to mount from the scientific community who now admit that certain vaccines are in-fact causing both viral and bacterial mutations.
Life-threatening pathogens are capable of evolving rapidly and developing genetic decoys that serve to disguise them from even the most powerful drugs. University of Oxford researcher Rory Bowden found that pathogens switch genetic material with other bacteria, but predominantly for the part of the genome responsible for making the cell coating, which is the area targeted by vaccines.
Former post-doctoral researcher of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Grainne Long found that vaccination led to a 40-fold enhancement of B. parapertussis colonization in the lungs. His data suggested that the vaccine may be contributing to the observed rise in whooping cough incidence over the last decade by promoting B. parapertussis infection.
Microbiologists from the University of NSW have found variants of the pertussis bacteria with a particular genetic signature have increased to 86 percent of all samples taken from infected people after a continuing whooping cough epidemic began in 2008.
Although the strains were present in Australia as early as 2000, they accounted for only 31 per cent of all samples collected between 2000 and 2007 — suggesting they have flourished alongside the current vaccine.
He warned that other countries using similar vaccines should be alert for shifts in genetic features detected in the whooping cough bug.
In southern Italy, 44 contacts of hepatitis B virus carriers, including infants of carrier mothers, became HBsAg positive despite passive and active vaccination according to standard protocols. In 32 of these vaccinees infection was confirmed by the presence of additional markers of viral replication. HBV strains containing vaccine escape mutation patterns are replication competent and are shown to be infectious and pathogenic.
An outbreak of EV-D68 in the Hamilton region has pushed the number of Ontario children infected with the respiratory virus to over 100.
Test results show Enterovirus D68, which has sickened thousands of kids in the United States, has infected 96 people in Hamilton over the past four weeks.
The McMaster Children’s Hospital announced the new laboratory test results on Wednesday.
“While a few patients required hospitalization, almost all are recovering at home,” the hospital’s spokeswoman Heather Pullen said.
The rare virus has also been confirmed in Ottawa, Windsor and Toronto — bringing the total number of Ontarians infected with EV-D68 to 102.
Hundreds of other kids across the province have been hospitalized with respiratory problems, some so severe they were treated in intensive care, but test results are yet to confirm the EV-D68 strain.
Dr Marek Smieja, head of virology at the Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program, said the EV-D68 outbreak had likely run its course.
“What’s encouraging is that we are seeing a decrease over the past couple of days in the number of samples we’re receiving,” Smieja said. “We know from experience, and the science behind how viruses spread, that EV-D68 has now peaked and is declining compared to other types of viruses.”
However, the laboratory would continue to monitor the prevalence of EV-D68 in Hamilton, Smieja said.
The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario has reported four confirmed cases of the virus. The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and Windsor Regional Hospital have both had one confirmed case, but said they were waiting to receive the test results for other patients suspected of having the infection.
Since Sept. 11, Windsor Regional Hospital has treated about 100 children with respiratory virus symptoms, spokesman Ron Foster said.
Eight children were currently still in the hospital, he said.
The EV-D68 virus is part of the family of enteroviruses and is related to the common cold.
In the vast majority of cases, EV-D68 causes only mild symptoms such as fever, runny nose, sneezing and coughing.
Children with a history of asthma or breathing problems are particularly vulnerable to the infection and can be severely impacted.
Health professionals have warned parents to watch their children closely and bring them to hospital if they notice any significant breathing troubles.
A local medical center is hospitalizing 20 to 30 kids a day with an unusual respiratory virus that can cause severe breathing problems, reported WDAF-TV.
Children’s Mercy Hospital has seen more than 300 cases in recent days in kids of all ages.
Preston Sheldon seemed fine when his mom took him to preschool Tuesday. But minutes later, Pam Sheldon got the call. Her three-year-old son was having trouble breathing.
“You could see his ribs, and his stomach was pushing out really hard… I thought it was an asthma attack,” she said.
The culprit is called enterovirus 68. Doctor say it’s well-known around the world, but cases have not been seen in Kansas City before.
There’s no anti-viral medicine for the virus and no vaccine. Supportive care, including oxygen, has helped Preston. His mom is glad they didn’t wait to go to the emergency room.
“Cause it can hit really fast. And without medical treatment, it could get really bad,” she said.