How dangerous is this new respiratory enterovirus?

September 22, 2014 8:36 PM

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How dangerous is this new respiratory enterovirus?

A spike in the number of children brought to local hospitals with breathing trouble suggests the fast-spreading respiratory infection called Enterovirus 68 (EV-D68) may have finally reached Massachusetts. No cases have been confirmed thus far, but the CDC is currently testing samples.

Symptoms of EV-D68 are usually mild, barely distinguishable from a common cold. However, a small percentage of kids develop intense wheezing or uncontrollable coughing — and need to be hospitalized. Here’s what you need to know.

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