A child in B.C. has suffered from paralysis after contracting the killer Enterovirus-D68 bug this year.
Cases of the virus, which can cause paralysis in the arms and legs in extreme conditions, are on the rise in the U.S., and as of September, there were eight confirmed cases of EV-D68 in children in British Columbia in 2016.
But Dr. Danuta Skowronski with the BC Centre for Disease Control says despite one case of paralysis confirmed, we shouldn’t be worried.
“We’ve had one child with paralytic features associated with the D68 infection. This is the time of year when enteroviruses like to circulate. They’re going to be phasing out as other viruses with a preferred winter seasonality take over.”
Skowronski says the bug is actually less common in 2016 than previous years.
“Even a single case of paralysis or death in a child in upsetting. It’s just it’s good to see that this year, there are fewer such cases than we witnessed in 2014 in British Columbia.”
She says that risk of severe infection is low, but advises people with respiratory illnesses to contact their doctors if symptoms appear to get worse.
Details about the child’s case or their whereabouts are unknown, but no deaths have been confirmed as a result of the virus in B.C. this year.