Parents concerned over enterovirus reaching New England

If you suspect your child's infected, call the pediatrician before going to the ER

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Baystate Children’s Hospital had confirmed 8 cases of the enterovirus Friday.

The dangerous respiratory illness spread to New England after sending hundreds of children to the hospital in the Midwest. Baystate spokesman Ben Craft, told 22News the vast majority of those infected were treated in the ER and released shortly after. The hospital is using a drug called Alburteral to treat the virus, which is commonly used for asthma.

Many parent’s nationwide remain concerned for their child.

“To me, it concerns me as a parent because I want to make sure my child is healthy, and something that is difficult to treat or requires hospitalization is certainly a concern,” said Peter Bowman, a parent of 3.

Baystate’s Ben Craft says children should either wash their hands often or use hand sanitizer. He says if your child has a cough, remind them to cough into their arm, not their hands. Also, if you suspect your child’s infected, call the pediatrician before going to the ER.

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