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Enterovirus D-68’s Rebranding: Now, it’s “Non-Polio Enterovirus”

Enterovirus D-68’s Rebranding: Now, it’s “Non-Polio Enterovirus”

What’s in a name?

Earlier, I weighed in on how the media and administration are handling the Ebola epidemic, using language to minimize the fact that it is a hemorrhagic fever.

It the wake of reports that Colorado children who suffered from an infection of the very aggressive respiratory pathogen, Enterovirus D-68, have also experienced limb paralysis, today’s “Bio-Insurrection” research has revealed that there is a nice, new moniker associated with it: Non-Polio Enterovirus.

From our Department of Health:

LI #09 Non-polio enterovirus

I made this discovery while I was searching for confirmation that a child’s recent death was associated with an Enterovirus D-68 infection. Sadly, it was.

Eli — a sweet, active, blonde-haired preschooler — had gone to sleep feeling fine, perhaps dreaming of playing with his sisters or having a fun day at school.

He didn’t make it through the night.

While the young boy died sometime between the night of Wednesday, September 24, and the following morning, it wasn’t until Friday night that authorities figured out why: enterovirus D68, a particularly pernicious strain of an otherwise common virus that has been particularly widespread this year.

While it’s been detected in at least four people who died, Eli’s case is the first in which authorities have definitively cited enterovirus D68 as the cause of death.

Jeff Plunkett, the health officer in Eli’s hometown of Hamilton Township, New Jersey, explained Saturday that, while the boy was born premature, “he had no other existing condition” and his parents no reason to believe he was direly ill before the virus took his life. Eli was 4.

“He was asymptomatic and fine, and the next morning he had passed,” Plunkett told reporters. “So the onset was very rapid, very sudden. And that’s clearly the big difference (between enterovirus D68 and other enterovirus strains).”

This is the fifth death associated with the virus.

And even more troubling: The child showed none of the classic symptoms of the disease.

The death of 4-year-old Eli Waller is the first to be blamed on the virus that has swept the country, but health officials say he went to bed with none of its symptoms, which include cold-like symptoms but in some cases can involve wheezing and difficulty breathing.

I have always wondered that this recent outbreak was tied into the over 50,000 South and Central American children who flooded the system earlier this spring and summer and who are now being mainstreamed into our school system, because the initial outbreaks occurred so close to the start of the academic year. Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson had the same question:

The CDC hasn’t suggested reasons for the current uptick or its origin. Without that answer, some question whether the disease is being spread by the presence of tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children from Central America admitted to the U.S. in the past year.

The origin could be entirely unrelated.

However, a study published in Virology Journal, found EV-D68 among some of the 3,375 young, ill people tested in eight Latin American countries, including the Central American nations of El Salvador and Nicaragua, in 2013.

Though the U.S. government is keeping secret the locations of the illegal immigrant children, there are significant numbers of them in both cities in which the current outbreak was first identified, Kansas City, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois, according to local advocates and press reports.

Also, there are reports that adults may have died as a result of Enterovirus-D68 infection:

At least two Colorado adults have died from complications from what may be enterovirus-68, the same strain that has afflicted hundreds, mostly children, across the country.

Dr. Phil Emrie, a critical care pulmonologist at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, says he treated adult patients who suffered from conditions similar to the virus.

“We don’t know for sure that it’s the enterovirus-68, but we do know that it’s consistent with the illness that they’re seeing in children,” Emrie said.

The CBS Dever video offers the details:

Attkisson’s report also included one very disturbing revelation related specifically to polio: The European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) released an assessment on Monday of the accidental release of more than 11 gallons of concentrated live poliovirus into the environment in Belgium.

The officials state the risk of infection is very low, due to the dilution factor and the high vaccination rate for polio.

At least the Europeans didn’t opt to rebrand polio in their statement. And while Eneterovirus D-68 isn’t the polio virus, the fact remains that it is a potentially fatal disease and nobody has a definitive answer about the paralysis that has been associated with the illness.

All that’s left now is to have Enterovirus D-68 epidemic blamed on the Republicans.

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It is the Obama Virus; brought to your kids’ school by legions of infectious illegals.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Mannie. | October 7, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Obama Polio Virus?

    JOHN B in reply to Mannie. | October 7, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Let’s be honest.

    Every child who dies was killed by political correctness or gross recklessness by politicians who encouraged and then helped tens of thousands of immigrants into the country with no health screening.

    And there won’t be anyone from the White House attending their funerals–not that the families would want to be greeted by the people responsible for their child’s death.

I’m a physician. Disclosure: I’m working with our hospital team to care for adults with EV68, and I’ve seen a number of adults who are positive for EV68.

It isn’t ‘rebranding’ to call EV68 a “non-polio enterovirus”, it is clarity. Of course it’s a non-polio enterovirus; it is an enterovirus different from the polio enterovirus.

We don’t yet know a lot about EV68 other than it’s surfaced in the last decade and until this year was responsible only for small, sporadic outbreaks. It’s clearly infecting adults as well as children. I haven’t yet seen a fatality in adults but I’m sure it has happened and will happen again in the future. I’ve seen it in adults with asthma and COPD, and I’ve also seen it in adults with classic URI symptoms (to whom nothing more happens, they just get better).

EV68 has been in the U.S. since 2008 (at least). We’ll learn more.

There is nothing sinister about making clear that EV68 is a non-polio enterovirus. That is nothing more than the simple truth.

    Tex Detroit in reply to stevewhitemd. | October 7, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Careful. That kind of reasonable, non-paranoid, non-deranged logic is not looked at kindly here.

      Oh shut yer trap. The only thing that isn’t looked on kindly here are Marxist agitating trolls like yourself. Go pound a handful of sand.

        Tex Detroit in reply to Paul. | October 7, 2014 at 12:10 pm

        It’s always comedy gold when you collectivists are exposed to the reality outside of your deranged bubble.

          Once again Gus, I don’t think that word “collectivist” means what you think it means.

          When you call a bunch of hard core conservatives and libertarians “collectivists” you reveal your mind-numbing, truly staggering ignorance.

      stevewhitemd in reply to Tex Detroit. | October 7, 2014 at 10:19 am

      Trolling also is not looked upon kindly here; I’ve been commenting at LI for a while so I know this.

      Don’t you have something better to do? Something better to say and contribute?

        Tex Detroit in reply to stevewhitemd. | October 7, 2014 at 12:13 pm

        You mean like comment after comment speculating about Obummber deliberately spreading Ebola in the United States?

        Don’t you have anything better to do than REACT to a comment that wasn’t even directed at you?

        Or are you THAT insecure?

          Ragspierre in reply to Tex Detroit. | October 7, 2014 at 1:47 pm

          When was the last time your FIRST comment was one directed at you, you poor, moronic, sack of excrement?

          You have nothing to contribute here. You are a pure, pathological, psychotic troll.

          Is an Ebola outbreak “unlikely” here, as Pres. ScamWOW told you, stupid?

          Henry Hawkins in reply to Tex Detroit. | October 7, 2014 at 2:18 pm

          “Don’t you have anything better to do than REACT to a comment that wasn’t even directed at you?”

          LOL. Way to beclown yourself. It is the sum of your existence as a troll to react to comments not directed at you.

          We have GOT to get some better trolls, I mean, lol… wow.

          stevewhitemd in reply to Tex Detroit. | October 7, 2014 at 4:01 pm

          Seeing as you responded to my post I assumed it was directed at me.

          Again Tex: why are you trolling? Rather sad, I have to say…

      Tex Detroit | October 7, 2014 at 9:45 am

      “Careful. That kind of reasonable, non-paranoid, non-deranged logic is not looked at kindly here.”

      Then how did @stevewhitemd’s comment end up with 10 “uptwinkles”; and your lame knee-jerk snarkback end up with 12 “downtwinkles”?

      Pantsed.

    What are your thoughts on the possibility that this outbreak was caused by the scattering of tens of thousands of illegals from other countries that didn’t receive (the legally required) health checks before they were allowed into this country?

    It’s one thing to say the disease “has been here” since at least 2008. But it’s another to scatter thousands of potentially infected people all around the US.

    It seems mighty suspicious to me that this administration refuses to release information on where they sent all the illegal aliens. Some enterprising reporter might accidentally reveal a correlation between those locations and the epicenter(s) of this outbreak.

      stevewhitemd in reply to Paul. | October 7, 2014 at 10:18 am

      I’ll wait for the needed, shoe-leather epidemiology to be done and not speculate before I know.

    “It isn’t ‘rebranding’ to call EV68 a “non-polio enterovirus”, it is clarity. Of course it’s a non-polio enterovirus; it is an enterovirus different from the polio enterovirus.”

    Thanks for the clarification. I did not realize that polio was an entrovirus, so that name makes more sense. Although if it has polio like symptoms, might there be another renaming choice in the future? (I know scientists like to rename things frequently, based on new information, classifications, etc…)

    tom swift in reply to stevewhitemd. | October 7, 2014 at 10:56 am

    it is clarity. Of course it’s a non-polio enterovirus; it is an enterovirus different from the polio enterovirus.

    Reduction to the trivial isn’t clarity, in the sense that a clear statement should carry useful or defining information. A tautological truth by itself may be clear but still be useless, and even obfuscatory if its intent or effect is to be uninformative.

Call it what it really is …. 3rd-world, Spanish-speaking, craphole illegal alien virus …. not to be confused with 3rd-world, Spanish-speaking, craphole illegal alien TB or 3rd-world, Spanish-speaking, craphole illegal alien scabies.

Wow, I am the first person to try and point out cover ups and other blatant lies peddled by the Obama regime. However, if we always take that approach just for the sake of blaming Obama then we look stupid and the message is diluted.

As stated above, EV68 isn’t newly classified as a non-polio enterovirus. Further, there is plenty of clinical support showing that NPEV’s (non-polio enteroviruses) can cause paralysis.

The classification is important as treatment, causes, and virus life cycles are different depending on the type of virus. Go back and look at the epidemiological studies. Yes, it is true that only recently has EV-68 been found to be associated with paralysis and there is more than one stereotype. But it is also true that this virus has been around for quite some time and started seeing more incidence worldwide between 2008 and 2011.

The take away is “what’s in a name” is important, just as important as not finding a conspiracy where none exists. (and I find this different than that of the ebola classification)

    I think I’m pretty much giving up on expecting calm logic from any blogging or comment source until after not just the end of the Ebola crisis but the end of the election cycle. Great when I see it, but if I go around anticipating it I’ll only be further dismayed.

I suspect the “rebranding” was done because someone took two seconds on google and figured out that Polio is an enterovirus as well. They’re trying to head off the inevitable “Polio is an enterovirus” comparisons that will come down from idiot reporters who will omit the fact that enteroviruses are pretty darned common.

    stevewhitemd in reply to Sanddog. | October 7, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I think that is at least part of it here. Polio enterovirus and EV68 are two different viruses in the same genus. You can find a brief discussion of how the different enteroviruses are classified here.

    Scientists do reclassify organisms all the time based on new data.

seems to be its more of an accuracy issue and not a subversive issue.
iirc in late 2008 people were mistakenly thinking this and the polio one were basically the same.

“When was the last time your FIRST comment was one directed at you, you poor, moronic, sack of excrement?

You have nothing to contribute here. You are a pure, pathological, psychotic troll.”

Here comes the Clownselor! REACTING.

“Is an Ebola outbreak “unlikely” here, as Pres. ScamWOW told you, stupid?”

Yes, Stinkerbell.

“LOL. Way to beclown yourself. It is the sum of your existence as a troll to react to comments not directed at you.”

Which ones? The ones speculating about Obama deliberately spreading diseases like Ebola in the United States? Or the ones when you collectivists dutifully chew your cud and nod in agreement?

@Tex Detroit – hate to break it to you but collectivism is a notion most often associated with socialism, totalitarianism and communism, cud chewing and all. Figures you wouldn’t get it right. Way to show off how smart you’re not.

    Tex Detroit in reply to Trip. | October 8, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Yes, I’m sure that you collectivists can cite several opinion pieces drafted by one of the tentacles of your ministry of propaganda PROVING that “collectivism” is most associated with “socialism, totalitarianism and communism”. Of course, grownups understand that there are varying types of collectivism. One of the most famous is representative democracy codified and made explicit by the US Constitution – you know, the document you collectivists pretend to LURVE, but haven’t the faintest clue about what it says or means.

    The Tealiban is a classic vertical collective in that you demand cultural conformity. Liberalism, i.e. the U.S. Constitution, tends to be a horizontal collective in that it values decision-making based on what is best for the “general welfare”.

    And you’ll offer NOTHING substantive by way of rebuttal.

      Ragspierre in reply to Tex Detroit. | October 8, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Well, as usual, you invert the truth while demonstrating your dementia.

      “Collectivism can be divided into horizontal (or egalitarian) collectivism and vertical (or hierarchical) collectivism. Horizontal collectivism stresses collective decision-making among equal individuals, and is thus usually based on decentralization and egalitarianism. Vertical collectivism is based on hierarchical structures of power and on moral and cultural conformity, and is therefore based on centralization and hierarchy. A cooperative enterprise would be an example of horizontal collectivism, whereas a military hierarchy would be an example of vertical collectivism.”

      Your Collective has always denigrated the individual in favor of “the collective good”. In every iteration, it has and does now demand conformity to a rigid ideology.

      It is inimical to the Constitutional notion that people are capable of governing themselves, and that government (ESPECIALLY the central government) must be carefully and strictly constrained so as to allow the maximum possible individual choice, and keeping government as close to the people as possible.

      Instead, your Collective has always and does now propose to put “brights” in charge of people’s choices, and limit choice whenever it seems for “the collective good”. It works to make this possible by law, regulation, and the stripping of individual means (money) to express choice.

      TEA party people want people to govern themselves, and insist on it. We also insist on people having the ability to learn from the consequences of their choices.

      Far from insisting on conformity to my values (which are free market and egalitarian in the classical liberal sense), I have no problem with you being an outright communist, and living with like-minded people, so long as you afford me the same rights. But you won’t. Your Collective has to dominate, as we see daily.

      You drive to centralize, set up hierarchical order, and homogenize the population around strictly ideological precepts. The Obami are a great illustration. They are a political class of Brahmans who are above the law that governs the rest of the nation, and make no bones about it any longer.

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