Severe respiratory virus could spread closer to home

SPRINGFIELD Mass. (WWLP) – Officials at Connecticut Childrens’ Medical Center said they’re treating children with symptoms related to those infected with Enterovirus 68.

The dangerous respiratory virus known to infect children has spread from the Midwest to the Northeast. Doctors in twelve states have treated children showing symptoms of EV 68, and experts say parents should keep an eye on symptoms that are similar to the common cold. This includes sneezing, coughing, runny nose, and fever.

The virus can lead to breathing problems as it worsens, especially in children who already have asthma. Cases in Connecticut haven’t yet been confirmed, but health officials suggest taking extra steps to keep your child healthy.

To prevent the virus, doctors say children should wash their hands often with antibacterial soap and warm water, and should avoid touching their face with dirty hands.

EV 68 doesn’t have any specific treatments or vaccinations to cure those infected.

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