Alberta Health Services is warning Enterovirus D-68 has once again cropped up in our province.
Three cases have been confirmed, including two in just the past month. AHS adds two of the cases did result in paralysis of the patient. However, the organization said there’s no need to panic.
Deputy Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Martin Lavoie, said you should actually be much more worried about the flu.
“Influenza is by far, by far, way more problematic,” said Lavoie. “The burden of influenza disease is significant, it’s massive compared to EV-D68, which is very, very small, when you look at it from that perspective.”
Lavoie says, in most people, EV-D68 usually manifests as something like a cold. He says it tends to hit kids with asthma more severely, but even then, muscle weakness and paralysis are very rare.
Last year there were no reported cases of EV-D68, but there were hundred in 2014. (scb)