Unusual respiratory virus found in hundreds of kids in Kansas City metro

Unusual respiratory virus found in hundreds of kids in Kansas City metro

[Ed. – This virus was thought to be associated with the strange outbreak of polio-like symptoms among children in California a few months ago.  This cannot be unrelated to the influx of illegal immigrants.  Enteroviruses are spread from human to human.]

A viral outbreak has hit Kansas City, causing more than 300 children to become ill.

It’s called Enterovirus 68 or EV 68 and it starts as what many believe to be the common cold. This month, Children’s Mercy Hospital has seen an unusually high number of young patients.

Dr. Mary Anne Jackson is the Director of the Infectious Diseases Division of Children’s Mercy Hospital. She first noticed the growing number of patients a couple weeks ago. “Based on that peak and then looking at our hospital census, which had suddenly gotten very high, we realized this virus might be a little bit different.”

Jackson said the virus makes it hard for children to breathe, almost like they’re having an asthma attack. …

There is no vaccine or anti-viral to combat this virus, and in some cases, children are spending up to four days in the hospital before they recover.

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