The Silent Enemy: A Dive Into Enterovirus 71

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Enterovirus 71 (EV71) is a ruthless virus that has been causing outbreaks globally, affecting mostly children under the age of five. This virus, first identified in California in 1969, has since spread across continents, causing hand, foot, and mouth disease. The transmission of EV71 is primarily through contact with respiratory secretions or fecal-oral routes, making it highly contagious.

Symptoms of EV71 infection can range from mild flu-like symptoms to severe neurological complications such as aseptic meningitis, encephalitis, and even paralysis. Unfortunately, there is no specific antiviral treatment for EV71, and management typically involves supportive care to alleviate symptoms.

As scientists continue to research and develop vaccines, prevention remains the best defense against EV71. Practicing good hygiene, including frequent handwashing, and avoiding close contact with sick individuals can help reduce the spread of this virus. Additionally, ensuring children are up to date on their vaccinations can provide an added layer of protection.

In conclusion, Enterovirus 71 is a silent enemy that requires vigilance and awareness to combat. By staying informed, practicing preventive measures, and seeking medical attention when necessary, we can work towards minimizing the impact of this potentially dangerous virus on our communities.


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