Epidemic prompts plea for GPs to look out for 'red, hot, angry' babies

Parechovirus is emerging as a serious concern in infants

Parechovirus is emerging as a serious concern in infants, with about 200 cases identified since last August in the nation’s third epidemic of a virulent strain.

Parechovirus GP

Infectious diseases physicians are advising GPs to be on the lookout for potentially serious cases, including infants with sepsis-like illness and meningoencephalitis.

Doctors should watch for “red, hot, angry” babies presenting with fever, irritability and rash, particularly if younger than three months, they write in a narrative review.

“Parechovirus is probably very common, but the ones we need to

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