Should We Fear Infectious Respiratory Disease Targeting Children?

October 7, 2014 8:07 PM

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Should We Fear Infectious Respiratory Disease Targeting Children?

From California to Maine, school districts across the country are spreading awareness about enterovirus-68, the infectious respiratory disease almost exclusively targeting children that directly led to the death of at least one child last month. At the same time, health officials are trying to downplay the anxiety caused by the more than 600 confirmed cases of enterovirus-68 in the country.

The virus was hardly known to most Americans before Monday, when 4-year-old Eli Waller of New Jersey was the first child whose death was found to be directly linked to enterovirus-68. Eli was kept home from school Sept. 25 with what his parents thought was pink eye. He died in his sleep the next mor...

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