The United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, France, Croatia, Italy, Spain, and Sweden have reported to the World Health Organization an increase in the number of cases of echovirus-11 (E-11). As AMIT Khovar reports with reference to TASS, this was reported by La Razón newspaper on Tuesday.
In May, France notified the World Health Organization of an increase in cases of severe sepsis among infants caused by E-11 infection. Seven children have died as a result, and two more are in serious condition. Since June, cases of infection have been detected in other European countries.
According to the World Health Organization, the proportion of infectious E-11 cases in children compared to other infections will be 6.2% from 2016 to 2021, and will reach 55% in 2022. This increase in incidence and complications in young children is considered abnormal.
Although the World Health Organization has described the public health threat as low, the organization has called on affected countries to report new cases of infection to the organization, and on physicians to test children with suspected enteroviruses for this type of infection and to take all precautions when collecting specimens for presentation.
Echovirus-11 belongs to the group of enteroviruses and causes various infectious diseases. Epidemics of enteroviruses occur every year. The disease is usually mild, but it is more severe in children. In infants, it can lead to a multisystem inflammatory syndrome including acute viral hepatitis, sepsis, meningitis, and clotting disorders.