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  • AU: Parechovirus outbreak in babies worries Aust doctors

    Source: https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/24140199...-aust-doctors/


    Virus outbreak worries Aust doctors
    AAP
    June 4, 2014, 3:59 pm

    Dozens of Australian babies are infected by a virus that has no cure, doctors say.

    Professor Theo Sloots says 46 babies are infected with parechovirus, which has spread to Queensland. At least 11 cases have been confirmed in the state since December.

    "The outbreak is Australia-wide now and we believe there are at least four types of the virus," the Queensland Paediatric Infectious Diseases (QPID) laboratory director told reporters in Brisbane.

    "We don't know what type is in Queensland compared to other states."

    Parechovirus is a respiratory and intestinal disease that causes fever, irritability, rash and diarrhoea, but severe cases can develop into hepatitis or encephalitis...
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