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What is coxsackievirus?

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Coxsackievirus is a part of a family of viruses called enteroviruses. Enteroviruses are made up of a single strand of ribonucleic acid (RNA). The enteroviruses are also called picornaviruses (pico means "small," so, "small RNA viruses"). They are present all over the world, and spread by fecal-oral route. About 90% of infections don't cause symptoms or only cause a fever. Infants and young kids tend to get symptomatic coxsackie easily.

Coxsackievirus got its name because it was first found in the town of Coxsackie, south of Albany in New York.

From: Coxsackie Virus WebMD Medical Reference

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KidsHealth: "Coxsackievirus Infections."

healthychildren.org: "Coxsackieviruses and Other Enterovirus Infections."

Medscape. 

 

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 16, 2017

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: "Coxsackievirus Infections."

healthychildren.org: "Coxsackieviruses and Other Enterovirus Infections."

Medscape. 

 

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 16, 2017

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