Serious Respiratory Virus Hits 10 States


There is a relatively unknown virus that is becoming more and more prevalent lately. It is technically known as EDB68. It generally attacks children and can be quite deadly. The disease begins with common cold symptoms and a fever which can progress rapidly to a child having trouble breathing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly suggests that if a child has cold symptoms and trouble breathing and has a fever over 101.5 for a couple of days, he/she should be seen by a doctor.

The disease has been around for many years, but appears to have mutated into a far more serious strain that lodges in the gut.  So far about a dozen states have reported higher than usual numbers of severe respiratory infections. Some patients have been sick enough to end up in intensive care units on oxygen.

“It’s worse in terms of scope of critically ill children who require intensive care. I would call it unprecedented. I’ve practiced for 30 years in pediatrics, and I’ve never seen anything quite like this,” said Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, Children’s Mercy Hospital’s division director for infectious diseases in Kansas City.

It especially affects children and teens who have a history of asthma or wheezing.

There is no cure for a virus, so treatment is plenty of rest and fluids and assistance in breathing if necessary. At this point, there is no vaccine for this particular virus.



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