Could enteroviruses be behind rising rates of Type 1 diabetes?
The current outbreak of enterovirus D68 has called attention to the wide range of problems viral infections can cause. In adults, the virus tends to have no effect at all. In children, it generally causes a cold-like illness, but sometimes triggers a severe respiratory infection or even partial paralysis. Researchers also suspect that enterovirus infections may raise a child’s risk of Type 1 diabetes.
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