Coxsackievirus is a member of a family of viruses called enteroviruses. Enteroviruses are made up of a single strand of ribonucleic acid (RNA). The enteroviruses are also referred to as picornaviruses (pico means "small," so, "small RNA viruses").
Coxsackievirus was first found in the town of Coxsackie, located south of Albany in New York.
An annoying, itchy bump may not be the only thing a mosquito leaves behind after a bite. Mosquitoes can spread diseases, too. Viruses like West Nile and chikungunya may make you feel pretty bad for a time, but they aren't life-threatening. While malaria and yellow fever can be more serious, they aren't common in the U.S.
Fortunately, when you protect yourself from mosquito bites, you prevent the sickness as well as the scratching.
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What are the types of coxsackieviruses and what can they cause?
There are two different types of coxsackieviruses: A and B. Type A viruses cause herpangina (sores in the throat) and hand, foot, and mouth disease. Type B viruses cause epidemic pleurodynia, and inflammation in the chest. Both types A and B viruses can cause meningitis (inflammation of the spinal cord or brain), myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle), and pericarditis (inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart). They also may have a role in the development of acute onset juvenile (type 1) diabetes.