NSW HEALTH ALERT: HUMAN PARECHOVIRUS

Human parechovirus (HPeV) (closely related to enteroviruses) has been detected in a number of neonates and young infants admitted to NSW hospitals during October and November 2015. Infants present very unwell with a rapid onset of acute sepsis-like symptoms. This is often followed by an erythematous, often confluent rash. There have also been a number of cases involving abdominal complications such as volvulus, intussusception and bowel ischaemia. The recent cases have occurred in infants from many different parts of the state.

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