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The Non-Measles Outbreak That’s Not Making News

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The Non-Measles Outbreak That’s Not Making News


[Above image: a non-polio enterovirus as seen under a microscope]

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) terms the current measles outbreak in the U.S. as “large multi-state outbreak.” Discussion has permeated everywhere from traditional news media to commentary and pop culture websites.

At 141 cases and growing, the incidence of measles is widely considered serious enough to prompt discussions about strengthening laws and changing policies. Reaction has ranged fromalarmed to near-hysterical.

Related: The Measles Outbreaks– Facts at Your Fingertips

Yet commensurate attention has not been paid to a much more widespread and mysterious infectious disease outbreak in the U.S.: one that also originated in California. In contrast to the measles outbreak, which so far has no associated deaths, this outbreak has claimed 14 lives: Most of them children.

What is the outbreak that has failed to make headlines, despite its reach and fatality rate?

It’s the polio-like enterovirus EV-D68 that can cause severe respiratory illness. It has also been potentially linked to dozens of debilitating cases of paralysis.

CDC and medical experts state that measles is very dangerous: for every 1,000 cases of measles there will be approximately 2 deaths. But the death risk among serious cases of EV-D68 may be several fold greater: at least 14 associated deaths reported among 1,153 cases.

The CDC says it cannot explain why this particular form of enterovirus has surged to such an unusual degree in the U.S. The CDC also states that it has been unable to pinpoint its origin.

Below is a side-by-side comparison of the “large” measles outbreak and the largely unnoticed EV-D68/paralysis outbreak.

                                                   EV-D68/Paralysis                     Measles

Cases                                         ~1,153 in 5 months                    ~141 in 2 months

No. of States                              49                                               17 (primarily Calif)

Deaths                                        14                                               0

Paralysis                                     94                                              n/a

If the measles outbreak is “large,” then the size and impact of the much larger EV-D68/paralysis outbreak would seemingly merit a great deal of attention. It leads to the question: why isn’t it being addressed with the same interest and vigor?

To date, the CDC has not responded properly to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request filed on December 14, 2014 about the EV-D68 outbreak. (Federal FOI law requires a response within the 20 business days).

 This is a news analysis

Previous reporting on Enterovirus EV-D68 and Paralysis Cases

CDC Info on Enterovirus EV-D68

CDC Info on Measles 

Posted by Anonymous on Feb. 23, 2015 at 1:03 PM
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conweis
by Ruby Member on Feb. 23, 2015 at 1:08 PM
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They want everyone to be VAX to the point of hysteria.
Randi02
by Platinum Member on Feb. 23, 2015 at 1:10 PM

I find that much scarier.

There is no vaccine for it, which is why we are not hearing about it ;)

TranquilMind
by Ruby Member on Feb. 23, 2015 at 1:11 PM
Right. As soon as there is one, you can be assured that it will be the main story

Quoting Randi02:

I find that much scarier.

There is no vaccine for it, which is why we are not hearing about it ;)

KaySee86
by Member on Feb. 23, 2015 at 1:13 PM
I heard of the EV-D68 on our local news a few months ago. But I am from Colorado where we have had a few deaths from it. I think I also recall seeing it on CNN when it first started.
Maks1mommy
by Emerald Member on Feb. 23, 2015 at 1:15 PM
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Hysteria is the perfect word to use. People seem to be losing their ever loving minds over measles.

Quoting conweis: They want everyone to be VAX to the point of hysteria.
B1Bomber
by Ruby Member on Feb. 23, 2015 at 1:19 PM
Enterovirus is old news. It was all over the media last summer/fall when it was new. Measles is more recent, and even that is fading into the background as this "superbug" runs around killing people in California and North Carolina.

We can only panic about so many diseases at a time.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Feb. 23, 2015 at 1:20 PM
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well,  one IS killing kids while the other is NOT...

Quoting B1Bomber: Enterovirus is old news. It was all over the media last summer/fall when it was new. Measles is more recent, and even that is fading into the background as this "superbug" runs around killing people in California and North Carolina. We can only panic about so many diseases at a time.


Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Feb. 23, 2015 at 1:20 PM

It's Polio, renamed. Thats why there is no news about it. 

B1Bomber
by Ruby Member on Feb. 23, 2015 at 1:24 PM
Neither of them have a body count anywhere near the flu. It's a matter of preventing what we can and dealing with what we can't stop.

Quoting Anonymous 1:

well,  one IS killing kids while the other is NOT...

Quoting B1Bomber: Enterovirus is old news. It was all over the media last summer/fall when it was new. Measles is more recent, and even that is fading into the background as this "superbug" runs around killing people in California and North Carolina.

We can only panic about so many diseases at a time.

kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Feb. 23, 2015 at 2:13 PM
Thousands of cases of measles with no deaths in a decade, verses over a thousand cases in 5 months with 14 deaths. Yeah, measles doesn't scare me even a little bit. Entero virus is scary.
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