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Could infections be linked to risk of stroke in children?

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A new study reveals a link between common infections, and the risk of stroke in children.

Researchers compared the recent health over 300,000 children who had suffered a stroke. Two children with no history of the condition.

The stroke group was six times more likely to have had an infection in the prior week than the non-stroke group.

While the most common types of infection were colds or respiratory related, 41 percent of stroke patients had an active herpes infection, compared to only nine percent of their peers.

Experts say parents with children who have conditions that increase stroke risk, like sickle cell disease or heart problems, should know the signs of a stroke and get help immediately.