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Infectious Disease Specialist: Ebola Fatality Not Surprising

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 03:03 PM

The death of the first diagnosed Ebola patient in the United States should not be surprising because the Ebola virus "does have a high fatality rate," says infectious specialist Dr. Olayemi Osiyemi.

"It can range between 50 to 90 percent, so if you look at the majority of what we've seen in Africa, over 50 percent of people have died from this disease," he told J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Wednesday.

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"So this is not unexpected," he said.

The other disease of concern in the United States is the enterovirus, which is striking hundreds of children around the country.

"The type we're talking about is the [enterovirus] D68, and we've seen it on a yearly basis, but this year it's been an increase," he explained. "We've seen over 600 cases, and it can cause severe respiratory illness and this is where the concern is."

He explained that "children with asthma or respiratory illnesses . . . are more susceptible, if you want to call it that, because they already have underlying lung disease."

"So when you do get this viral infection, then you develop a severe illness," he said.

"Most of us get exposure to these viruses and develop immunity to it and when we become an adult we don't get sick from it," he added.

According to Osiyemi, "the majority of people who are getting this infection have not been exposed to this strain of virus and so that's why you see more of this."

When it comes to treating this version of the enterovirus, there are not antivirals that "work very well for D68."

The infectious disease specialist recommends that parents have their children focus on doing a lot of "hand washing" to keep the virus at bay.

"Wash your hands because you transmit this by sneezing, by touching," he explained.

"If you have asthma, make sure you talk to your doctor to have an action plan to prevent, to maintain your asthma disease or respiratory illness disease so you don't get exposed to such an illness," he added.

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