Zika virus seems to have sensitized the Brazilians to a new problem that may be a previous unrecognized symptom of Zika, dengue, or chikungunya. Or something else altogether. Via Diario de Pernambuco: Babies have a new symptom. Excerpt from an edited Google translation:
A new infectious condition may have been affecting children for up to two years in Pernambuco and has motivated an investigation by infectious disease specialists from the University Hospital Oswaldo Cruz (HUOC).
For at least two weeks, babies in the unit and also in the Integrative Medicine Institute Professor Fernando Figueira (IMIP) have presented with fever, irritability and red spots that develop into blisters all over the body. The condition, unusual in children of that age, inspires care and is still without a defined diagnosis.
At first, experts ruled out any relationship with microcephaly, since all investigated babies have brain perimeter outside the range described by the World Health Organization (WHO) as microcephaly.
The main hypotheses are that the condition may be related to a different manifestation of dengue, chikungunya or Zika; be a new manifestation of enterovirus; be caused by bacteria such as streptococci and staphylococci; or be an association of arboviruses with another infection.
The unusual symptom, according to doctors, is blisters on the body. They usually begin to appear on the third day of disease. At least eight children were admitted to the HUOC with this feature. Some of them of Recife and Olinda, other municipalities such as Pesqueira and Arcoverde.
"In the infectious diseases service, we usually receive more unusual cases. But given the context in which we are living, everything appears again is careful investigation of reason," recalls the chief of pediatric infectious diseases at HUOC, Angela Rocha. The State Department of Health (SES) has been informed of the situation, according to Angela Rocha.
Last week, at least two HUOC wards remained filled only with patients with this condition. Most children are less than six months old, and some of them are having to be hospitalized.
The housewife Mariana Honorio, 31, got a fright when she saw blisters all over the body of her daughter Esther, 50 days old. As was also sick, the inhabitant of the city of Arcoverde, in the Sertão, had to accompany her daughter in the hospital.
"I had a rash, but the girl started with a fever above 39 degrees that didn't break. Then she worsened and got blisters on her face. They burst, and they seemed like burns. My daughter can not stand a diaper, she cries out in pain, "she said, while she was hospitalized with her child in the HUOC.