Mystery Respiratory Illness Moving Across America

An unidentified respiratory illness has affected 1,000 children across the United States and is expected to keep travelling


 

A still unidentified respiratory illness has affected more than a thousand children in 10 different states in America recently. While the disease hasn’t been officially identified yet, officials suspect it may be a rare respiratory virus called human enterovirus 68.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expect this virus to spread; it is related to the rhinovirus, which causes the common cold. Mark Pallansch, director of the Division of Viral Diseases at the CDC has confirmed that cases have occurred in Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, Georgia, Oklahoma and North Carolina.

Doctors are still not sure how the virus actually spreads, but the back-to-school season is a normal time for illnesses to spread between school-aged children.

The Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver has seen more than 900 pediatric patients between August 18th and September 4th. Of those that came to the ER, 86 were admitted into the hospital and some were then admitted to the intensive care unit.

Due to the nature of the virus, asthmatic children are at a bigger risk. Doctors are advising parents to ensure that their children’s puffers are readily available.

While the virus has not reached Canada yet, if the statements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are correct, it may just be a matter of time.

Cold and flu season is approaching. Make sure you know how to keep you and your family happy and healthy this fall and winter.

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