Latest enterovirus strain can cause respiratory problems in children

September 22, 2014 10:12 PM

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Latest enterovirus strain can cause respiratory problems in children

TORONTO -- The cold-causing bug, enterovirus D68, that's been making some children severely ill across the U.S. and now in parts of Canada has been around for decades, but doctors acknowledge there may be something different about the strain circulating this year.

The virus -- also known as EV-D68 -- tends to cause symptoms in the lower part of the respiratory system, putting children with asthma or wheezing at greater risk of developing more acute illness from the infection; most cold viruses typically affect the upper airways.

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