Differentiating between virus symptoms

All three viruses come with fever

NEW YORK (CNN) – Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a number of virus scares in the United States. Not only has Ebola entered this country, but we are also seeing young people come down with a respiratory condition called Enterovirus D68.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says six children have died while infected with the virus and let’s not forget it’s flu season. Take the flu season, and add in the Enterovirus D68, and a very small threat of Ebola, and you’ve got yourself a real virus storm.

Health officials warn, the likelihood of anyone catching Ebola in this country is very low, but since the death of a Liberian man from Ebola in Texas, hospitals are on alert

As for Enterovirus D68, hundreds of people, mostly children, have been diagnosed with the virus. Although it’s not usually known to cause severe problems, some children with immune system or breathing problems are having severe reactions.

How can you tell which is which? All three come with fever. Ebola symptoms however are very severe, with heavy sweating, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain and unexplained bleeding or bruising. Doctors say unless you’ve been in close contact with someone with Ebola, you can’t catch it.

The Enterovirus D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory problems as well as a runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body aches.  Severe symptoms may include difficulty breathing. With the flu comes chills, sore throat, fatigue, headaches and body aches.

Best way to avoid problems? See your doctor and get your flu shot. All people over the age of six months should be inoculated to protect against influenza.

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