According to USA Today
and all major news organizations, a virulent virus is rapidly
spreading across the country. 12 states have seen cases at this point,
and as many as 15% of infected children have been hospitalized,
primarily due to breathing difficulties.
The number of hospitalizations could be “just the tip of the iceberg in terms of severe cases,” Mark Pallansch, director of the CDC’s Division of Viral Diseases, told CNN.
This virus – enterovirus D68, is typical in that is similar to what
the medical community sees during the cold and flu season, but atypical
in that we are seeing cases much sooner than the cold and flu season
that usually begins soon after Halloween, and also the number of
hospitalizations is far greater with this virus than with the common
“There are about 100 types of illnesses in the
enterovirus family, which affect about 10 million to 15 million
Americans each year”
, the CDC said.
Dr. Christine Nyquist, medical director of infection control at
Children’s Hospital Colorado, said the hospital sent samples to the CDC
from patients with respiratory illness. Around 75% were confirmed to
be EV-D68. Colorado has seen more then 900 cases of this virus since
The reason health officials are concerned this year is that there have been so many hospitalizations.“That’s the scary part — the unpredictability, I think,” Nyquist said.
Several weeks ago, we published an article called, Prepare Your Child for the Viral Playground
where we warned of this oncoming viral onslaught. Protecting yourself and your children from airborne invaders is easy if you follow the simple steps outlined in the article.
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