Enterovirus reaches Ventura County

September 19, 2014

virusA virus that is rapidly spreading across the U.S. has reached Ventura County, according to the California Department of Health. [KEYT]

Enterovirus is a severe respiratory virus that has sent dozens to the hospital.

The illness commonly producing symptoms such as fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing and body aches. No vaccine exists for the virus, which spreads through, coughing, sneezing and infected surfaces.

State health officials say four confirmed Enterovirus cases currently exist in California. Three are in San Diego County, and one is in Ventura County.

Nationwide, Enterovirus cases have been reported in approximately 20 states.

Health officials suggest that individuals avoid contact with people who are sick, wash their hands frequently and thoroughly and disinfect commonly touched surfaces, like doorknobs and toys.

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This is the first American doctor to mention that this virus has been prevalent in Central America in the past:

Dr. Jane Orient, Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, reported that the government has been “real tight-lipped” about the mysterious respiratory illness that has struck children in the United States, expressed concern that the illegal immigrant minors from Central America could be the source, and argued that the government should devote more resources to border security to combat the spread of disease”.

Orient added “we don’t know where it’s coming from…are there immigrants from Central America, where this disease has allegedly been prevalent before? Should we be [looking at] the virus to see whether it’s like what’s been found in some of these countries that are just sending waves of children across our border and they haven’t been quarantined long enough to make sure they’re not sick?”

Ventura County has a large agriculture sector.